“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
There I was quietly watching a movie that I had wanted to see for some time. In the middle of my busy day, in the midst of a napping child, I was folding laundry and intently watching Wonder Woman. I could not believe that I was moved to tears. I was crying. You see, I am not a normal movie crier. I recall my friends all crying during Titanic and saying I had a black heart because I was not moved to tears. I am not the normal movie crier that’s for sure. But there I was in tears.
Have you been there? My daughter asked me, “what’s wrong mommy?” and I responded, “sweetheart, this movie is a little sad”. But the sadness was not for the characters it was for ME.
In this scene she had every reason to continue walking by, but she did not. She didn’t do what was easy or comfortable. She did what was right. In her eyes, you can see that she feels their pain and she was moved by their plight. Her passion and her compassion is soul splitting. She saw those in need, those who could not protect themselves, the lost and the hurting, and she was moved, but she was moved to more than just compassion.
SHE WAS MOVED TO ACTION.
She stood up for the lost, the hurting – those suffering injustices. She did not remain silent or still, she took a stand. This woman was well prepared for her battle and even without an open door, she took a step of faith, relying on her well honed skills. She took the battle head on. She was fierce and unapologetic as she stepped into her destiny. Her eyes were as gentle as a lamb but her actions as bold as a lion. She moved with quickness, swiftly and effectively. She trusted in her skills and herself.
It was after this scene, that I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me. You know that feeling inside where the Lord is prompting you in some way. Then the question came,
Does your compassion move you to action?
“ Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Child of God, are we moved to action? What do we do when we see injustices, suffering, pain? Are we moved to action or are we content inside the walls of our church? We are comfortable with our beautiful worship, our well planned out bible teachings and our pretty campuses.
All the while, the prisoners remain captive, the lost remain searching, the hurt remain in their pain, the sick remain ill, and the broken remain in despair. It is time to be moved to action once again. It is time to be the hands and the feet of Jesus. You may be in agreement and ask but how to do I do this? Where do I go? What do I do?
How Do I Start?
We truly believe we all have good intentions. We want to see God move and to see breakthroughs take place in the lives of the people around us, but we just don’t know where or how to begin.
There are so many issues taking place in our world, in our country and even in our own cities. It can be very overwhelming.
Ask yourself, where do I feel God pulling me? What breaks my heart?
Is it homelessness? Victims of abuse? Foster kids? The imprisoned? The ill? The elderly? The lonely? The single parent? Maybe it is those who lack the basic necessities like clean drinking water, food and clothing. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus in so many areas. There are so many causes. There are enough good causes to go around. Start by speaking to your church leaders. Share your heart with those you trust.
Lately, I’ve been feeling God continually show me the plight of those imprisoned due to human trafficking – in literature, in movies, in articles, everywhere I turned the lost were staring me in the eyes. It is a world wide epidemic. It became so heavy on my heart that I cried out what can I do – point me in the right direction Lord!! And He did. This Friday my church is hosting a fundraiser for this very cause. I will continue to pray for more open doors to help.
No matter, what it is that God is calling you to, be open, available and obedient to take a step of faith. Some of us might be able to be in the front lines fighting these injustices head on, like Wonder Woman. Going to the prisons, taking in foster children, feeding the homeless, visiting hospitals, and so much more. We thank God for you!
Others (myself included at this time) can fight in different ways. We can support organizations (physically or financially) or volunteer our time. Each and everyone of us can continually pray which moves the hand of God. Wherever you are at, you can do something.
Trust in God. Trust in the skills He has placed inside of you. Trust that He is with you in this battle and as you step out in faith, you do not step out alone. It is time to be gentle as a lamb and bold as a lion because when action meets compassion lives are changed.
Will you bring the light of God to someone’s life? Will you pray for someone? Will you encourage someone? Will you offer water to someone who is parched and thirsty? Will you take a stand against injustices? What will you stand for?
“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.
Misty and Tisha