I GET it now... it's breath taking... the cause of the orphan is not a cause at all. It's the very picture of God, ourselves and our salvation.
When Jesus was in the garden before His crucifixion He sweat BLOOD! The burden of my sin and shame was the price HE bore for my adoption. He brought me out of my sin and shame and made me a new creation. Now He lovingly invites me to share in this same joy and fellowship in His suffering.
When He commands His church OVER AND OVER to take up the cause of the widow and orphan it is His invitation for us to truly know HIM!
THIS is who He is... He is the defender of widows and orphans, a redeemer, a Father to the fatherless. THIS is what He does... He suffers for OUR sin and heals our brokeness, He adopts US as children and heirs no matter what the cost to Himself.
OH HOW HE LOVES US! It gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. THIS IS THE GOSPEL! He is inviting us to LIVE IT by entering into the pain of the fatherless just as He has entered into our pain.
Do we want to gloss over the "Take up your cross and follow me" part? Do we want to pretend He never invites us to "Fellowship in His suffering?" Would we like to pretend that orphan care is a special calling for the few rather than a CLEAR and PROFOUND mandate for the bride of Christ??
THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE BIG, FAT, GLARING E ON THE EYE CHART!
If God is the Father to the Fatherless and the church is His bride..... then the CHURCH is the mother to the Fatherless.
Church, are we abandoning our children.?
We can not experience the full weight of the gospel if we run from the cross rather than take it up and FOLLOW HIM!
We are never promised comfort or ease if we follow Christ.... quite the opposite. We are promised pain. However, we are promised fellowship with a savior who would move heaven and Earth to redeem us. We are promised joy the world can't fathom or explain. We are promised the opportunity to love others the way Christ loved us. THAT is the gospel. We are promised that AS OUR LIGHT SHINES people will be drawn to love they can't understand. They will be drawn to Jesus... and through this unspeakable love we will fulfill the great commission.