He has shown you, o mortal, 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.
That’s a pretty big calling (along with all of the other ways that Jesus transforms our lives!). How do we live out God’s desires without taking over God’s job as Saviour of the world?
There are lots of people who are doing a fantastic job of being devoted in this area. But trying to live up to the likes of Shane Claiborne, for instance, could stop us before we start. Rachel Held Evans offers some helpful encouragement in “How to follow Jesus… without being Shane Claiborne.”
Inevitably, the feeling like you’re not doing enough will creep in because it’s really hard to see progress in such a complex world. “Stop asking the wrong question.”
If you’re really interested in doing aid and service with the right motives, consider reading Tyler Wigg-Stevenson’s The World is Not Ours to Save.
Wigg-Stevenson is a pastor and activist who wants to help Christians move from seeing aid work as a matter of causes to a matter of calling.
If you’re in Canada, also consider checking out the work of Citizens for Public Justice, a Christian organization that works within the interplay of faith, justice and politics.
This post is for adults who are interested in taking seriously God’s calling to justice and mercy, especially in aid work and activism.