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Monday, July 23, 2007

Luke 10:29-37~

The other day I was speaking with someone and he told me he and his wife were interested in adopting some day.

I was very excited for them and shared that.

He responded with, "But unlike some people we feel there are enough children around here in need without going to far away places."

I replied, "You go where God calls you."

He said, "Well, I know you just wanted that exotic flavor in your house."

We were then interrupted... providentially I believe :o).

I just don't get why this is an issue with some people. There are children all over the world in need of families. There are little ones who need Mamas and Daddies all over the world. How sad that we would judge people adopting from America as more righteous somehow or people adopting from overseas as more righteous somehow..

I really believe that you go where God calls you. We have friends who have adopted domestically. We have friends who are foster parents, and I am in awe of them, and the call God has on their lives. It is a special gift to love a child so selflessly that you can let them go...foster parents are true heroes to me. People following God's call wherever He is calling them to is inspiring to me!

We have friends who have adopted from many different countries. What a mistake it would be for us to rank who has the greatest need. What a mistake it is to believe that only those in our close vicinity who look like us and talk like us and act like us are our only true neighbors..

Luke speaks of a scribe who asked the question of Jesus..

"Who is my neighbor?"

The Scripture tells us this Scribe was asking Jesus to justify himself. He was trying to prove what a really good guy he was. He really believed he had followed the command to" love your neighbor as yourself" perfectly..

Jesus' answer to the Scribe was the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Scribes and the Pharisees believed that the command to love your neighbor only pertained to the Jews..not to the Gentiles, and certainly not to the Samaritans. The Samaritans were detested by the Jews of that day. For Jesus to hold up the Samaritan as an example was really radical. For the Samaritan to be the hero in the story was mind blowing.

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:29-37

Matthew Henry has this to say in his commentary about this passage..I think he sums it up perfectly.

"And therefore go thou and do as the Samaritan did , whenever occasion offers; show mercy to to those that need thy help, and do it freely, and and with concern and compassion, though they may not be of thy own nation."

So, don't let someone try and steal your joy for following God's call on your life. He has a plan for each of His children, and it is a unique one. I praise Him for not being a cookie cutter God.


Chuck and Jenny said...

Excellent post Renee! You go where God calls you, whether it be across the street or across the world.


Robin's Reports said...

Hhhhruuuumph!! Preach on.

I heard a radio preacher saying that our 'neighbor' is not what we used to think of it a few decades ago. In the age of communications and technology, our neighbor could easily be anybody around the world.

You're doing a great job of educating people with your patience and love. I hope you get an opportunity to state this to the couple.

Emily and Moody said...

Enjoyed the post. We are following God's call to Ethiopia and I like to answer the "why Ethiopia?" question with- "because that is where my kids are!"

You go where He leads and I'm encouraged by your families faithfulness to His voice.

darci said...

aarghh!! that is such an ignorant thing to say. (that he said to you). sigh...why are our fellow Christians the ones hardest to 'please'? You bring joy to God's heart and that's what matters.

richlisad said...

Bless you for going where God told you to go.

MG said...

We are adopting through the foster system, and have heard the same comment in the reverse: that we are "special folks" for "attacking the problem here at home." Gee, thanks ... but you're a little off! We are simply following what God put on our hearts. In the book of James it says to come to the aid of the widows and orphans. Not just the American widows and orphans, mind you. *All of them.* May the Lord continue to move the hearts of His people to reach out all over the globe!!!

Brianna Heldt said...

yuck!!! it can be so frustrating constantly having to defend a choice we've made. when i hear stuff like that i remember all of the poverty and desperation i saw in ethiopia. some people just have no clue, i think, how the rest of the world is forced to live.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, precious Renee, for your encouragement. I look up to you and Jim and love you all lots and lots. I so want to follow God and do and be what and where He wants me to do and be. Your words made my heart skip a beat, literally. Keep up the Great Work and keep walking close to Him. I am blessed to be
Your Cousin,