In Ancient Rome, it was common place to abandoned babies and children less than three years of age on the side of the road. Babies were abandoned if they were deformed, or if parents couldn’t afford to take care of them, or if it were an unwanted pregnancy.
The early Christian Church began the practice of gathering these unwanted babies. They would often raise these unwanted babies as their own or establish orphanages for these loved ones. The Church used their resources to solve a dire need. The church heeded the command of God to care for the fatherless, the unwanted, the helpless.
The church, today has an amazing opportunity to return to its early roots; to be the church Jesus called us to be. Will we heed the call?
Will we care for the fatherless as if they are our own?
Will we feed the poor?
Well we provide healthcare for those born in extreme poverty?
Will we house the abandoned?
Will we welcome the unwanted?
Will we love in words and deeds?
Will we truly value the sanctity of every life?
Will we be His hands, His feet, His love?
Will we become the church we were created to be?
““And the King will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least of these, my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.’”
Matthew 25:40 TPT
“Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!””
Matthew 19:14 TPT
“Every time you give to the poor you make a loan to the Lord. Don’t worry—you’ll be repaid in full for all the good you’ve done.”
Proverbs 19:17 TPT
“They simply requested one thing of me: that I would remember the poor and needy, which was the burden I was already carrying in my heart.”
Galatians 2:10 TPT