I came across this passage:
Matthew 19:16-30 (Amplified Bible)
And behold, there came a man up to Him, saying, Teacher, what excellent and perfectly and essentially good deed must I do to possess eternal life?
And He said to him, Why do you ask Me about the perfectly and essentially good?
There is only One Who is good [perfectly and essentially]--God.
If you would enter into the Life, you must continually keep the commandments.
He said to Him, What sort of commandments? [Or, which ones?]
And Jesus answered, You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
The young man said, I have observed all these from my youth; what still do I lack?
Jesus answered him, If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven and come, be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me].
But when the young man heard this, he went away sad (grieved and in much distress), for he had great possessions.
And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven.
When the disciples heard this, they were utterly puzzled (astonished, bewildered), saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.
Then Peter answered Him, saying, Behold, we have left [our] all and have become Your disciples. What then shall we receive?
Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, in the new age [the Messianic rebirth of the world], when the Son of Man shall sit down on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.
But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then].
It makes you think "How many possessions do I have?"
You can do all the right things and keep all the commandments, and still have a deep issue of coveting posessions that will keep us from fully following and enjoying God and what He has for us.
I don't think it's wrong to enjoy or own nice things, but I think He's talking about a heart condition.
Would you be willing to give up many or all of your 'things' to follow Jesus' or God's calling?
This passage spoke to me and our adoption specifically.
Sometimes I get grumbly seeing other people getting their hair done, or buying nice new things, and going out to eat all the time.
Let's be real here - usually I end up either thinking "all that money your spending could be saving someone else's life!" and getting all self-righteous.
Or I end up getting jealous and thinking how easy it would be to just say "what ever" to this adoption, and go out like what seems to be everyone else and spend my money on what ever I wanted - and get my cable back, and go out to eat all the time, and have nice food in the house, and get some new clothes.
But, this passage is both convicting and comforting all at once.
Convicting - because why would I even feel that way!? Who NEEDS cable, and clothes, and fancy food? I'm taken care of. I have what I NEED. And I am so blessed. And what a brat I am to walk around whining and wanting those things. Comforting because just as this passage says: "And anyone and everyone who has left houses... or lands (material possessions) for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.
But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then]."
It's hard to not have a bad attitude about resources, when you're in our position. But, I'm trying - and I'm glad I came across this, this morning.
And it makes me joyful to those that are on the same page as us, and are adopting, or giving away their resources sacrificially so others can. Go you! Not only are the children blessed, but so are you.
And on a completely unrelated note - Ethan has peed on the potty three times today!