We’re All Orphans

3 Jul

Blog post by Bethel W., Team India 2012

Why this trip? Why orphans? Jesus. And I don’t mean just because He told me to, which would be a very valid reason. He has all authority; obeying Him is more than enough reason. But I mean Jesus saved me out of the deepest pit I’ve ever seen, my own sin. I owe Him more than I could ever give. He loved me even when I myself could not find a reason to be loved.

When you see the power of God’s anger, how deserving you are of that anger, and how you are in no way able to escape it, but then are met instead with mercy, grace, and unconditional love, I can do nothing but be utterly blown away by who He is.

We are all rebels against the King and part of what’s so beautiful about the Gospel, is that this is not okay (Psalm 90:11), but that because of Christ, we have been made right in His sight! That is like an axe murder being lovingly accepted into the family of the children he killed, and that family risks their lives to save him. He didn’t just look the other way from our sin, He paid the price. This is what the Gospel is, that God accepts sinners because of Christ alone.

There is nothing that binds God to be merciful to sinners, but the beautiful message of the Gospel is: the God who is angry with sinners is merciful to sinners. Our hope is in God alone.

This hope, this grace, this love has transformed me. He not only forgave me for who I was, but He changed me. He took me out of darkness into the light. I did not deserve the chance to become better, let alone to become like Christ. This is what my Savior has done for me. I stand forgiven, clean, wanted, and loved.

What does this have to do with loving orphans and the unwanted? Everything. Without Christ, I was an orphan. I was unwanted. Now that I have been set free from myself, I am overflowing with passion to show everyone the unconditional love I have received.

The experiences from my past have been dark; my father left me, I was unwanted, and unloved. God’s Fatherly love has been very real for me; it rescued me. I have a deep desire to show children who have either never been loved or have had a list of conditions to be loved, the never ending, unconditional love of God the Father.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off sackcloth, and girded me with gladness: To the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever.“- Psalm 30:11-12.

That is as true for the orphan as it is for me. Jesus turns mourning into joy, and restores the broken soul. I believe God has a special love for the orphan, and that’s good news because we are all orphans.

So why do I love the orphan? The children I am not obligated to care about? Because Jesus cared about me when I not only gave Him no reason to love me, but I instead gave Him much reason to hate me. He loved me even though I didn’t deserve it, and most certainly was not worthy of it. 1 John 4:19 “We love each other because He loved us first.”

Bethel resides in Pennsylvania and will be serving with Journey117 in July on Team Ethiopia. 

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