A Generous Heart Cries out for the Justice of all Mankind

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. […] But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream” (Amos 5:21, 24)

 

Have you ever thought about the fact that God could be unhappy with our worship? Hang with me for a minute. I’m not saying God is flippant and sometimes likes our worship, and sometimes doesn’t. (Although if you could hear me sing, you wouldn’t like it either). God always looks at the heart. If I sing to impress those sitting next to me, or if I worship to put on a front in order to appear other than I really am, God sees right through it.

This happened throughout Israel’s history. Israel would go astray to worship other gods, but they would keep worshiping Yahweh (the personal name for God) alongside these other gods too. When they did this, God had strong words to say against them: “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. […] But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream” (Amos 5:21, 24).

God wasn’t so concerned about the external appearance of worship itself and following all the rituals. God was concerned about the fact that Israel had stopped truly worshiping Him in their hearts. They became selfish, and turned their attention inwards to try and solve their problems by their own means. And in so doing they forgot that if they returned to worshiping the one true God, He would make their cup overflow.

A generous heart cries out for the justice of all mankind. When we take the focus off of ourselves and have a heart that truly worships God, our generosity overflows to the ones God calls us to care for: the marginalized, the outcasts, the victims of injustice in the world.

There are very real problems in this world. Injustice crops up in every corner of the world because mankind’s heart without God is bent on evil. Every day the wealthy exploit the poor, people are trafficked into slavery, the innocent are victims of violent crimes. As we take a day to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, counting our blessings from God, let’s also remember that the world is not yet the way it’s supposed to be. And until Jesus returns to make all things new, it’s part of our mission as the Church to use our resources and efforts to administer justice throughout the world. That’s why a generous heart is one that cries out for the justice of all mankind.

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