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 11: Worship!
Last week I wanted to find ways to love my neighbours. Sounds straightforward but when we are living busy and geographically fragmented lives it is hard. But I made the time and found myself not only having some unexpected fun with some people who live close to us but also finding ways to bless them. I found myself listening to a man talking about his fears that his marriage is over and a couple desperate about the educational needs of their daughter. All because I made the time to be friends. A habit to continue.
What am I going to do this week?
This week is about worship. I am writing this on Palm Sunday- the start of Holy week- when we remember Jesus walking towards the sacrifice of Good Friday and the inexpressible joy of Easter Sunday. I am going to remember Jesus.
How am I going to do this?
So this week I am going to read the story again and worship. From the crowds that welcomed him and then melted away I am going to remember his grace and offer him myself anew. From the intimacy of the last supper I am going to let him wash me clean and take time to fellowship with him and listen. From the betrayal by one of his friends I am going to ask him to search my heart. And through the trial and the passion I am going to remember that for my freedom and for the liberation of the world He paid an unspeakable price. And from the resurrection I am going to remember that no pit is too deep, no war too brutal, no child too abused, no family too fractured, no refugee too forgotten, no woman too terrified of violence, no government too powerful, no warlord too strong that God’s love is not deeper and stronger and wider and longer. That in His resurrection is the future and the hope of the world
This week we celebrate that Jesus faced everything that the devil could throw at a human and he kept loving people- even those who were persecuting him. He kept loving even when he was God-forsaken. Sin, injustice, betrayal, fear, pain, violence, loneliness, weakness, mockery and abuse were all thrown at him and he swallowed them all up. Like a cloth that cleans the table by absorbing the mess, Jesus soaked up all that destroys humanity and smothered it with love. This is why the grave couldn’t hold him. This is the power that raised Jesus from the dead. This is why we have confidence that justice will be established and that God’s rule will come. Because Love. Won. And everything that robs us of love has lost. This is why we can fight injustice and serve the poor. It is not wishful humanitarian thinking but an act of worship to the one who paid the price to make all things new. Come Lord Jesus.
Will you join me?
It would be great to have friends for the journey and so if you start doing this then do let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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