Think about the couple who go to an adoption agency to find a child to bring home. Most often, they will have criteria for selecting the one. Many prefer infants believing that they will be less affected by previous parenting. Most want a child that is free of defect and full of immediate potential.
But what God’s adoption strategy? Jesus seems to indicate preferential treatment for the one who is overlooked.
- The one who has painful memories to deal with? No problem.
- Physical deformity or disability? I want that one.
- Older and with behavioral issues? I’ll have her.
- Attachment disorder? I can work with him.
My experience as a church planter in the inner-city has been one of learning the value of people in God’s eyes. I have seen firsthand the treasured people that others have overlooked and passed by. The world has it all wrong. The greatest among us is the least. We need to re-learn that in the church.
Paul viewed it this way: