I was reading Psalm 72 as I studied Isaiah 6 for our next youth meeting. (It really was quite the journey connecting the two passages!) Again I find myself asking God to continue to make my heart passionate about the things he is passionate about. Hear how the Psalmist describes him:
May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.
(Psa 72:11-14 ESV)
The character of my God is such that he is intimately interested in those who are abused, suffering, needy, marginalized, afflicted, and without justice. And these people don’t just exist “overseas”. They’re here, in Kosciusko county. Would they be welcome in our church? I think the answer shames us…shames me. It’s time to change.
Be concerned with God things.
How do I do that?
- Pray that God breaks our hearts for our surrounding community
- Read the Gospels over and over again, looking for how Christ dealt with others
- Search the Scriptures for descriptions of the character of God, evaluate how our character falls in line…or out of line
- Inquire with local non-profits about ways to volunteer with those in need
- Give of your resources – locally, nationally & internationally
- Stand up. Don’t be intimidated by those without vision. Speak up for those who have no voice
- Read other writers that enforce Christian thought & action (I’m reading True Religion right now – it’d be a great book to start with)
What other things would stir a passion for those less fortunate than us?