Have you ever been to Chicago? Ever gone up into one of the skyscrapers and looked across the landscape? As far as the eye can see, there are rows of houses, clusters of buildings, and the general sense of massive population.
Well, it would take 17 cities the size of Chicago, counting the whole massive urban sprawl, with every single citizen being an orphan child, to hold the total number of orphan children in the world.
Orphans. We don’t see them very often in the United States.
We like to think of them as some sort of far-off story that pops up in the Bible and Oliver Twist.
Surely they aren’t in such need now, surely somebody else is taking care of them, surely it’s not that serious.
Do you know how many orphans there are in the world today?
c.) 140, 800, 000
Answer: D.) One hundred and forty eight million orphans are estimated to be in the world these days. Can you even comprehend such a number?
That’s what the Chicago picture is for, or try New York City. Enormous urban sprawl included, it would still take over 8 cities of that size, with every single citizen an orphan child, to hold the total number of orphan children in the world.
Can you imagine?
I can’t. But it’s real. It’s serious. There is not “someone taking care of it”. No one person can take care of it all. We are the hands and feet of Christ.
When on earth, Christ’s hands healed, restored, brought compassion and freedom. His feet took Him to the destitute, the outcast lepers that society hated, the self-deceived tax collectors, the funerals, the prostitutes, the places of need.
We, the church, are the hands and the feet of Christ today.
So why are His hands spending their time texting inanity? Why are His feet shuffling idly in a shopping mall?
What is this travesty? Why are we letting it happen?
“For He rescued us from the domain of darknes, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” (Colossians 1:13a)
Our Lord Himself is a rescuer. We must be rescuers, too. Watch this clip, and let Christ whisper to you His heart for each one of these precious ones. Hear the tears that choke His voice, and let them flow from the eyes of your soul.
“Pray. If you want to have God’s heart for the least, pray for it. If you have His heart, but don’t know what to do next, pray! If you know what He’s asking of you, but don’t know how it can be accomplished, pray. He will answer all of these cries and unfold the most beautiful season of your life, being spent for the least! ” ~Annie Wesche~
God may not call you to personally adopt twenty children from Haiti. But don’t let that stop you from caring! When your eyes are awakened to the suffering that happens all over this sin-twisted world, you will not be able to stay silent. You will no longer be able to mindlessly waste the precious opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ. As you listen to your Lord and His gentle voice, waiting on and growing in His heart, your eyes will be opened to people right around you that you can help. Sorrow for orphans does not blind you to sorrow of others around you–rather, it increases your sensitivity to the lost and least, across the sea and down the street.
Pray with me for God’s heart. Let Him set you ablaze with incredible passion and compassion. Let Him make you a rescuer! Let Him use you as an extension of His hands and feet, doing His work, going where He wants to go. It is an adventure of a lifetime. Take it. You will not be disappointed!
PS Orphan Sunday is November 8th….consider an extra time of prayer and contemplation on these matters.