As we consider the ever increasing and more sinister tragedies befalling our world today: ISIS, human trafficking, wholesale slaughter of children through abortion … Our hearts cry out in deep despair for justice. Yet at the end of the day, what the world desires most is not justice, but love.
We Have the Answer
As Christians, we have the answer for both because in Christ, both justice and love are satisfied. The world isn't looking for justice, but love. In Christ, both are satisfied. Click To Tweet
The truth is that we are not called to make justice our aim, but to proclaim the God who is just. We are not called to rally around a cause, but to rally around Christ. Then, as we become transformed and empowered by His Holy Spirit, who grieves every injustice, He will use us to bring hope to a broken and unjust world. One Day soon, our King Jesus will set up His righteous Kingdom and establish justice on earth, once and for all.
“But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.” (Hebrews 1:8 NASB)We are not called to make justice our aim, but to proclaim the God who is just. Click To Tweet
We Have One Task
We have been given only one task before His righteous Kingdom and true justice are finally established. To go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, the ultimate aim of any ministry God calls us to, no matter whom we serve or wherever or however we serve Him, must be to point people to Christ. He alone is our Hope and Refuge and Healer – the One every wounded soul is crying for.
“Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18 NASB)
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” (Matthew 12:18 NIV)
“In the past God overlooked [our ignorance and idolatry] but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-32 NIV)
Father, as we go out and serve You in the ministry to which You have called us – to the broken, forsaken, wounded, and lost – remind us afresh that at ultimately, what the world desires most is not justice, but love. Through our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, both are satisfied. For this we rejoice and praise Your Name! Amen.
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