“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not should or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:1-4)
God’s intention to establish justice in our world is crystal clear. Matthew 12:18-21 reveals this passage, which refers to the Messiah. It follows that those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and following Christ should be about Chris’s business of establishing justice. Like Jesus, we should not stop or become discouraged until it is established. As God’s chosen servants, by accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have but one mission—-to establish international justice. Jesus took up this messianic mission, and He expect His followers to dedicate themselves to the same ministry.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You left this earth, but before doing so, we were prepared to pick up Jesus’ mission to seek justice for all. Never let us fail to reach out to help all who fall without justice, and let us cry out for those who do not find justice in their lives. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Either He’s Lord of all—-or not Lord at all!”
“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:6-8)
Beloved, people have and continue to do anything to try to please God. Micah raised the question of priority for all who desire God’s acceptance. God gave a clear answer. Pleasing Him requires a person to be rightly related to others. Nothing we bring to Him will be acceptable apart from a little characterized by properly motivated justice in relations to others. Thus, our actions must result in justice for all people, not special privilege for a few. Our hearts must love mercy rather than demand justice for self. Every act must come from a relationship to God, making Him Lord and us His humble servants. God requires this of every person. The people of God are to be loving and merciful in all of their relationships. In this way others will recognize the people of God.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2nd Corinthians 5:18-20)
For followers of Christ Jesus, active involvement in society’s life is crucial for serving Him. Just as God did not retreat from sinful, rebellious world, so Christians do not turn away from the non-Christian world. Reconciliation is God’s goal for the world. He made reconciliation possible through Christ. He sends us to the hurting, isolated people separated from Christ by their sin. We are ministers revealing the path to reconciliation with God through Christ.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ ‘O suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down an consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.’” (Luke 14:28-33)
Being a disciple or follower of Jesus is a call to total involvement in the work of Christ. To decide to follow Christ with no intention to be involved in His work is as foolish as to decide to build a building without getting a cost estimate in advance!