8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[
and to walk humbly with your God?
It is cliche and you hear about it at mission trip trainings and in classrooms but that doesn't take away from the truth found in it. I am talking about the story of two people who are walking on the shore full of thousands of beached starfish. Both are upset about the situation. One of them starts to pick up starfish, one at a time, and throws them back into the sea, essentially saving them. The other person looks at the one tossing the starfish and says, "What is the point? There are too many to count let alone save. You can never save all of them." The person tosses another starfish into the water and turns to the other and says, "Well maybe not, but I did save that one."
There is injustice literally all over the world. We heard the staggering statistics this past Sunday. It can seem overwhelming and hopeless to even try to bring justice and kindness to those who are hurting. However, we serve a God that despite mankind's blatant rejection of Him and His love, sent His only son to Earth to die at the very hands of those He was saving through His death and resurrection. Hopeful love in the face of hopeless despair.
Jesus calls His Church to join Him in bringing love, hope, kindness and justice to the world. Where do we start? How do we even begin to fight injustice? How do we bring divine kindness to so many who need it? The prophet Micah tells us that it is not grand sacrifices or overtly religious actions that we need to do to bring praise to God. He wants us to do justice and love kindness. To do these things we must walk humbly with our God. We are cherished and loved more than we could ever know. This love is not earned by any good works we have done. God loves us because He created us and He loves His creation deeply and perfectly. When we understand our humble and incredible position, we can then turn and look around us at others and know that same truth applies to them. God loves them. God desires justice and kindness for them as well. This is where you start making Earth as it is in Heaven. You start with those people who walk into your life, with your coworkers, with strangers on the bus. Doing justice and loving kindness takes practice. It doesn't come natural to us. This is why walking humbly with God is so vital. As we go we will start to see the gifts and passions that The Holy Spirit ignites in us. Then our scope for bringing kindness and justice widens. We are no longer paralyzed by the magnitude of injustice. One person at a time we can bring the justice of Christ to this world.
International Justice Mission has been bringing the justice of Jesus Christ through the freeing of slaves all over the world. If you want more information of becoming a Freedom Partner or to just learn more about this incredible organization, click to follow this link.