Tasting Justice on Behalf of Another
Five Blessings for the Six Senses
Series Part 1: TASTE
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
What Happens When You TASTE Justice on Behalf of Another?
What Do You Dream Of?
Did you know that a central dream of every Christ-follower is to advocate for justice for someone else?
Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us: Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Zachariah 7:9 says: Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another..."
What Is the Obstacle?
Oftentimes, we are so focused on advocating for self-justice, we forget others who need our help.
Luke 11:41 tells us: But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.
And Galatians 6:2 says:
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Why does It Matter?
Advocating for justice on behalf of someone else is:
an important biblical commandment
a good way to decrease selfishness
an opportunity to love Jesus
the way to experience satisfaction
2 Corinthians 8:13-15 tells us:
For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
• Your life is not all about you.
• Make it your dream to hunger and thirst for justice.
• A satisfied life is one of defined advocacy for others.
How to best serve Jesus?
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?"
And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."
Then he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me."
Then they also will answer, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?"
Then he will answer them, saying, "Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”