Previously we shared Anuja’s story which illustrated how God has used her to be an instrument of His grace, truth and justice. As Christ’s disciples we have a profound responsibility in this world. Even within the church there is widespread sexual abuse and use of pornography. All around the world social injustices due to race, gender, religion or socio-economic status still exist. Approximately half the children in the world live in poverty. These are all vices and tragedies that darken our world. We are compelled, called, and by His matchless example, we are to be a voice for those who have no voice.
The Mercy of God
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).
Jesus’ ministry was focused on the oppressed, despised and rejected of society. He ministered to the impoverished, the sick, the orphan, the unclean—the castoffs. He held women and children in high esteem, even though both groups were often looked down upon and disregarded. Jesus’ heart for justice was modeled daily in His ministry and should inspire us to commit to help those who are suffering, for the unborn children, for the abused and for those who do not know Jesus.
Help by Sharing the Gospel
You may ask, “How can I help?” Pray. Show compassion. Share the gospel. Even if you have the opportunity to influence one person with the love of Christ, it will have an impact.
When you intentionally ask God for opportunities to be His messenger of grace, truth and justice, trust Him to open unexpected doors and equip you to walk through them. Be bold! Be courageous!
In Luke 4, you find Jesus reading a passage from Isaiah 61 to the leaders in the synagogue:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim Good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners And recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim The year of the Lord’s favor.
After reading this, He rolled up the scroll and sat down and declared:
Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.
Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61. Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus was healing the sick, the blind, bringing freedom to the oppressed, ministering to the unwanted and accused, and offering hope to the hopeless; He brought His message of life and light to all those He met. May each of us be eager and willing to do the same.