In the book of Micah we are commanded to ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’. In Galatians Paul recalls being encouraged by the other apostles to ‘remember the poor’ as he preached the gospel. His response was to declare that he was most eager to do just that!
These weekly tips are to help us start seeking justice wherever we are. They are small, practical steps that we can all do and that together will make a huge difference. I want to take my personal justice seeking up a level this year and so I am going to try something new each week.
I hope you will join me.
Act Justly Now- Habit 2: Give Up
I spent last week reading the newspapers and praying for the last, the least and he lost that I encountered through the stories. One of the interesting things was that I began reading the stories differently. I started noticing the people who were being talked about and not just the big issues. So one of the things that prayer does is bring you closer to people as you bring them to God.
What am I going to do this week?
This week it is time to give up. Not give up on acting justly but giving up something in order to act justly. The habit of prayer got me bringing people in need before our Father. In the Bible prayer often goes hand in hand with fasting. So this week I am going to fast for justice.
How am I going to do this?
My life is full of little luxuries. Treats that I give myself. Coffee on the way to work would be a big one! Rather than buy the coffee when I pass the cafe I will use that as a reminder to pray for a situation of need and injustice in the world. At the end of the week I will give the money I would have spent on my luxury to a justice project. What luxury could you fast from this week?
Fasting is one of the most prominent disciplines in the Bible. It’s part of worship and the way we respond to God. It is the way we live out the words of Jesus about not living by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. When we fast we demonstrate that knowing God and his word is more important to us than the food we are giving up. One of the best explanations of fasting is in Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. You can get it here. You can find more resources on Rhythms of Righteousness at Rhythms
Will you join me?
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