“And He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor [no one to intervene on behalf of truth and right]; therefore His own arm brought Him victory, and His own righteousness [having the Spirit without measure] sustained Him” Isaiah 59:16 (Amplified)
Have you ever looked around at those who are hurting, those who have walked through valleys of pain and are held captive by their circumstances. The sick, the poor, the lonely, the abandoned, the wounded, weary and wayward. These people whose hearts silently cry for help while we walk past them as if they are invisible.
Have you ever considered lending a helping hand or a listening ear? Should we really be content with our meager attempts to throw a few dollars at a few causes and feel as though we’ve done our part’?
In Isaiah 59:16, God was looking for those who would do more than merely throw a few dollars at their dilemmas. He was looking for people who would intervene…who would stand in the gap on behalf of truth and right. To become involved, to make a difference, to truly care.
Today, the Lord clearly took me to this verse where He reminded me of what He has called me to. It’s really no different than what He has called you to. To make a difference. To impact this generation with the love of Christ in the sphere of influence He has given us. It may flesh out in different arenas of life and in different ways, but the church is called to be light and salt; to love the unloveable; to minister grace to the hurting; to feed the poor, clothe the naked and give a cup of cold water to the thirsty.
As I’m preparing for what I know God has called me to, I’m ever mindful that I fall so short of being who God created me to be. But I want to fulfill every good work He has predestined that I walk in ~ not just by speaking truth into the lives of others ~ not just by writing books and articles that point people to Christ, but by being the hands and feet that reveal the heart of God for those in need.
When we were on the mission field, we had a saying. “You have to earn a listening ear.” I know that if I want people to listen to what I say, I must first be what I say I am. I must first show the love of Christ, not just talk about it. I must be willing to roll up my sleeves, get my hands dirty and do more than just ‘talk’ about how wonderful Christ is…I must show them. I must be a living epistle.
What about you? Are you actively involved in living out your faith by ministering to the lives of others? Are you willing to intercede on behalf of those in need?
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