Make Your Mark
1 – Act
“He [God] has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Follow God’s commands and apply them fairly.
1. Acting justly is seen in God’s character.
“Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep” Psalm 36:6
“For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones. The righteous shall be kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off” Psalm 37:28
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19
2. Acting justly begins with inward transformation.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” Romans 12:2
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; I cannot stand your assemblies… But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:21, 24
3. Acting justly continues through outward action.
“I will tell you the secret: God has had all that there was of me. There have been men with greater brains than I, even with greater opportunities, but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart and caught a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with me and them, on that day I made up my mind that God should have all of William Booth there was. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.” William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army
“He [Josiah] defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 22:16
Your actions speak louder than your words about your relationship with God.
- What first comes to your heart and mind when you think about how you could make your mark on this world?
- What did Todd say it means to act justly?
- Where do you see the most injustice in this world? What do you think you can do about it?
- When it comes to the Gospel – where are you most comfortable – in sharing with words or actions? Why must it be both?
- How can you act justly this week? What are some practical ways to apply this to your life?