I've been thinking about orphans lately.
Shocking, I know.
I talk often with people about all aspects of adoption, and cost is something that always comes up.
So today I'm thinking about orphans and cost.
I will tell you that cost is a widely misunderstood concept; most often because its scope has been minimized to something as inconsequential as dollars and cents.
As in: How much does the typical adoption cost?
In monetary terms, one could say that the average eastern European adoption of an HIV+ child lands right around $24,000 to $27,000.
Is that it?
Is that the cost in its entirety?
I recently heard a TV evangelist caution people considering adoption to "count the cost."
He eluded to mental illness, sexual abuse, and behavioral issues as things to very carefully consider. It was clear that he considered it far to high a price to pay; the underlying message was that in his mind, these children weren't worth the cost.
Here's the thing.
He wasn't wrong to identify those areas as areas that cost something.
Where he was absolutely wrong was in assuming that the price was too high.
The true answer to what an adoption costs is:
IT COSTS EVERYTHING.
IT COSTS YOUR LIFE.
IT IS WORTH IT.
What we all need to understand is that every person,
is worthy of the cost.
We know this because Jesus paid for our salvation with his life.
How can the redemption of someone else not cost us the same?
He died to redeem us.
In adoption, we live to redeem them.
The kingdom if Heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all he had and bought it.
But Jesus said suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
When considering the cost of adoption, it's not:
How can I ever pay it?
How can I not?