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Faith Focus: 'Everyone has to help somehow'

Buck and Stephanie Baskin have been foster parents for four years. During the process of caring for children, they sensed God calling them to adopt.

God honored the Baskins’ willingness to follow that call upon their lives by guiding Niki and James to their home. The Baskins became their forever family, where they would always be welcome, cared for and nurtured.

That was the role God had for the Baskins to play. It’s the role he’s calling many Christian couples to play, Stephanie Baskin points out. He’s calling others to pray for children in the foster care system and parents caring for them. Others are moved to provide financially for foster care and adoptive efforts.

Above all, Scripture commands all Christians to care about children.

“Scripture is very clear about it,” Stephanie says. “Everyone has to help somehow. The idea of kids not having a home didn’t settle well.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 clearly states that there are different kinds of gifts, service and work, but each is distributed by God. They are dispersed for the common good (v. 7-11).

When it comes to caring for children – as it does with all efforts of God’s kingdom – each of us has a different role to play. And each is crucial for the common good. As we work together to care for children, we are communicating a strong message to the world about the heart and nature of God.

Let us be about his business.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” – 1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Deeper Reflection

  • What is your role in caring for vulnerable children?
  • ​What roles do you play within the body of Christ?
  • Are there roles God is calling you to play that you aren't?

Next Steps

  • Thank someone this week for the role they play in the body of Christ.
  • Pray about the next steps you can take in playing your role in caring for children.

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