Day 11

walk humbly

from the Justice reading plan


1 John 2:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 2:1-11

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: 1 John 2:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 2:1-11

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:24

 

When we drink in the goodness of grace upon salvation and every day after that, we are no longer in debt to sin but are uniquely bonded to Christ forever. It is said that collectively we are the hands and feet of Christ, the very body that can carry out His desires on Earth.

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we recognize that our own life is gone and we are bonded and risen with Christ. If we stay in step (walk humbly) with Him, we’ll know His heart and come to discern what makes it beat faster.

This world is broken with sin. It is evident in every facet of life, bringing forth everything from poverty to pride, from violence and vengeance to apathy and indifference. Sin causes rifts in relationships. Sin is always a break in the way God intended the world to be.

Tim Keller writes about a beautiful concept of “reweaving shalom” in his book Generous Justice. If we look at the tapestry of life, we can see there are threads that are broken. We can see the beauty of the whole has been compromised in places, worn out, torn through, frayed.

But shalom, it is peace times infinity.It is the powerful and holy peace that comes from God, from His power and in His grace. As believers, we have access to this shalom through the Holy Spirit and we can begin to repair the fabric of life in His name.

Keller writes about the gifts we have been given— our time, resources, and power. When we have a right view of God and ourselves, we know these gifts are evidence of a gracious Giver not our own goodness. So, we can humbly use our time, resources, and places of authority or influence to strengthen and restore the fabric of life for others.

When we are acting out of step with God, these gifts can become idols in themselves. But, when we walk humbly with Him, we see that we can use these gifts to make things right here on Earth. To be the hands and feet of Christ and begin to reweave shalom in the fabric of our communities is an exciting gift in itself!

“Reweaving shalom means to sacrificially thread, lace, and press your time, goods, power, and resources into the lives and needs of others” (Tim Keller, Generous Justice). We can be part of making the whole fabric of life stronger and more beautiful by using the gifts He has given us.

We learn how to use those gifts by walking humbly with Him.

We want to live we'll, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.

 

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  2. Juliefay says:

    I love the zoom up of how Christ emptied Himself and how this kind of love changes everything. No matter the response we get from people around us…may we always live being filled with him as we empty our own desires remembering the pouring out that Christ went through for us so we could be together again.

  3. Mikayla Baker says:

    Megan- I agree with you. Kerri I have felt the same it sucks when you think your friends/ acquaintances want to change but when you talk w them they reject it. I’ve been told that all you have to do is live out the love Jesus gave us and with that planting the seed. Then it’s up to them and God if they’re lives get changed. Whether you see the fruit or not like Megan says it’s how you live your life to show his love is I think the key.:)

  4. HRB says:

    So Kerri, I feel that grievance as well. And, also? I feel guilty at times for feeling that! Shouldn’t I be doing this with a selfless heart, not a bitter or questioning one? Shouldn’t I love all the hard work I’m doing because I know that verse in Galatians, “we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!” Sometimes it just feels like a revolving door of need and nothing is getting better. I’m young and my advice is limited but these are three very helpful tools I’ve found to address these issues.

    Reading the book “When Helping Hurts
    How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor or yourselves.”

    Spending time EACH day airing my grievances before God and praying he would give me his strength when I felt overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed is a sign that I’m trying to do something In my own strength anyway. Do I always do these? No! But I function and love on a WHOLE other level when I’m operating from Gods strength, grace and forgiveness.

    Taking time to evaluate the systems and organizations from which you work to help people. For me, this comes in the form or journaling and talking with a few trusted friends.

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