“Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Isaiah 1:16-17
In the first chapter of Isaiah God speaks thru the prophet regarding the sinfulness and rebellion of Judah. This could easily be applied to America, as well as the individual believer. Living a life that goes against the grain is like a salmon that swims upstream to spawn. It can be a tough battle that at times doesn’t let up for extended periods of time. As Christians we must know and understand that we are now targets of Satan and all his minions. He will find the weak spot where your armor is joined and plunge a dagger deep within you if you don’t have your guard up. The world is not your friend. That is not to say that we should not befriend non-believers. It is to say that the world follows a far different standard than we do. The Lord seeks for us to desire to grow in the spirit and be of use for Him. If we become lackadaisical or cavalier about our relationship with Almighty God we will fall into danger of sliding backward spiritually speaking.
Our salvation and the grace that accompanies it are designed to spark within us an earnest desire to do that which we now know is right and just. God has your back whenever you do selfless acts in Christ’s name. We are not forgiven to do nothing. We are forgiven so that we might be living, breathing example of what life can be in Christ.
One thing we should be inclined to do is help those less fortunate or less capable then ourselves. We send a positive message to the world around us when we stop preaching and start reaching. When we are God’s hand extended we show others His love rather than just talk about it. The Lord wants to use us, but He isn’t going to force us to do anything. Focus on Christ in your life and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into circumstances that God wishes to use you. The lives you touch aren’t the only ones that will be changed! Walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE: The translation used is the New Living Translation (NLT), Publisher: Tyndale House.