Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)
Erosion is gradual. The most insignificant decision or action can erode. The heart begins to accept what it once rejected. The question is, “Who has my heart?” If I have the heart of Jesus, I will be moved by what moves Him. He is moved to justice for those who cannot defend themselves. The Defender loves the poor, orphan, oppressed and destitute. They have nothing to offer. Caring for such a person might cost many things but the cost is eclipsed by the worth. God looks at these and commits to their care because they are worth it. I, too, must cultivate the heart of God in me and look at others like He does.
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation & true friendship.” C. S. Lewis
Isn’t that true? How can I know the heart of Jesus without times of solitude, silence and privacy? It is in those times that I can find true friendship. And, it’s during those times that I come to know my Father’s heart for the needy. Growth and relationship go together.
The great privilege of the child of God is relationship; his great responsibility is growth. John Stott
James 1:19-25 challenges me to not only listen but do. I must listen to the world to know its needs and listen to the Word to be equipped with the answer. Otherwise, I don’t know how to talk to others or I have nothing to say. But, listening is not enough. I must be ready to serve as Jesus served. And, that requires a change of heart and mind.
It is really impossible to grasp the concept of serving others—or to carry it out with joy, without fear—until our minds are freed from the world’s mold and transformed by the Lord’s power. Serving others with joy requires a freed mind, transformed by the Lord’s power. Chuck Swindoll
How is a freed mind and such transformation brought about? One of the tools God uses is times of pressure, stress. When enough pressure is applied, that which is deep within comes out. Therefore, when enough pressure is applied to my heart, what is deep within that heart comes out. Pressures remove masks; the real is revealed. Additionally, pressures energize my faith; they take me to the place where all I can do is trust Him. Crises reveal, release and energize. And, as they do their work, my heart is made sensitive to the Lord and to others.
Lord, make me a servant who asks of you and of others, “What can I do for you?” Out of a transformed mind and heart, let me serve with humility and joy.