Doing justly

Have you ever had one of those times in your life where God is challenging you on some topic and it is hitting you on every front of your life? That’s kinda how I feel right now. From the show 24 to the songs we sing in worship to Kim and I’s devotions to my PhD class, God is working my heart on the issue of justice. What does it look like to fight to right wrongs, to elevate the oppressed, the nurture the needy and to restore dignity to those from whom it has been robbed?

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day, he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-21).

There, at the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus said something most unexpected: that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him and that a mighty ministry awaited for him. That ministry had a couple of hallmarks:

  • bringing good news to the poor
  • proclaiming freedom to prisoners
  • giving sight to the blind
  • and releasing the oppressed.

Jesus’ ministry was a ministry of mercy and fighting for those who had no voice to fight on their own. I read recently a quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” May our love show through in justice.

Interact: How can you pursue justice for someone who is hurting this week?