Just {What} Is Required

  • February 24, 2012
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“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it shall accomplish all which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:10-11)

These verses have become a sort of theme for me in this journey called life.  Whether it be in the mundane or in the miracles, God’s Word is alive and active and He will remain faithful to every.last.word.  And one of those “words” that He will accomplish is JUSTICE.  Justice for the widow, justice for the poor, justice for the sojourner, and justice for the orphan.  According to The Poverty and Justice Bible, there are almost two thousand verses in Scripture that deal with poverty and justice.  So, I’m guessing that this is something pretty important to the One who breathed those words.

Justice: being fair and reasonable; righteous.  Micah 6:8 says that the Lord requires us to act justly, yet with the humility of Christ.   So what are we supposed to do about the 143 million orphaned children, the 11 million who will starve to death or die from preventable diseases, the 8.5 million who work as child slaves or prostitutes, and the 2.3 million who live with HIV?  Say YES, one life at a time.  Yes to God’s accomplishing power through His Body.  WE are His hands and feet.

He has given us different gifts and talents, desires and circumstances, but they are all for one PURPOSE…to accomplish His Word and to bring Him glory.  And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on that!  However, I do believe saying YES also comes with a certain amount of “interference”.   My plans change, my thoughts and desires change, my actions change.  “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20)

The truth is that if only 8% of the 2 billion Christians in the world would CARE for one more child, there wouldn’t be any statistics left.  I have the freedom to believe (this truth).  The freedom, the opportunity to do something about it.  The truth is that God loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible. … I’m not here to eliminate poverty, to put a stop to people abandoning babies.  I’m just here to love.  (Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie)

Remember, what God may call me to do in caring for the orphan may look completely different from what He calls you to do.  The glory is in the “doing“!  However, I would urge you to seek God’s will for your role in the lives of the fatherless, with surrender…don’t be afraid of what He may ask of you.  He LOVES you and wants you to experience His love and grace and glory in all of its fullness. Our Father takes complete responsiblity in securing justice for all.  God is not like man and he does not change his mind. (Numbers 23:19)  Just obey.  You will never be the same, and that is a good good thing!

You may,or may not, be one of the 8% of Christians currently seeking to “act justly” on behalf of the least of these.  But I would imagine that if you’re even reading this, you at least want to know what it may look like or what you can do to bring even more glory to the Father, right?

Here are a few ways to bring JUSTICE to the least of these, just for starters:

Adoption – Foster Care – Orphan Hosting – Visiting/mission trip to an an orphanage – Church Orphan Care Ministry – Preparing meals – Mentoring – Fundraising – Sponsoring – Advocating – Collecting and giving supplies – Prayer

…and to KNOW MORE, please join us at our upcoming conference!  www.knowmoreorphans.org

Also, you can read this helpful article by Rick Morton: http://www.newhopedigital.com/index.php/2011/10/9-ideas-for-small-group-ministry-to-widows-and-orphans/

“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another…they hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters.” (Kisses from Katie)

Because of His Great Love,

Jodie