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:

1 Corinthians 1:
26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him.