And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
We looked at this text a month ago, but it fits really well with the theme of this week, too. IJM functions to restore people from slavery by working with social workers to restore survivors of horrific experiences to their community and calls the church to give sacrificially to this cause. Why should the church care about restoration? Because we have been restored to God, and eventually all of us will be restored to Him fully and finally in eternity.
We long for this day in part because there will be no more injustice. Every broken person, every hurt, every scar left by the evil that men do will be over, and we will be restored. We have a chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we meet those leaving slavery, wipe the tears from their eyes, and place them back into a community restored to the dignity and worth they are owed as God’s image bearers
One of the ways we can accomplish this is by giving generously to help those waiting for rescue. We should want to see people restored, and our financial gifts can make this happen. We have been given much, and we have the responsibility to give to others who do not enjoy the benefits of a justice system that works most of the time. Our gifts make this work possible, and the lives of real people are at stake.
- What resources can you give to the fight against injustice?
- What can we give other than our money?
- Pray that God would help you discover what you can give to the cause of global justice.