Today's activity – Provide for someone in need.
Read Isaiah 58:3… and then skip down to Isaiah 58:6-12. Can you identify with this passage? Ever been there?
I want to encourage you today to do something for someone who is in need. Perhaps it is as simple as bringing a Happy Meal to a person on the street corner. Maybe you could take a sack of groceries to your community's Rescue Mission. Change the light bulbs for the elderly couple next door.
The Bible is very clear about this issue. God cares for the poor, the widowed, the elderly, and the downtrodden. People to whom life appears to have thrown a curveball. The modern word for it is social justice. In the Bible, it is called love, agape love. Our God does not just represent love, He is love (1 John 4:16).
You see, as we study the Bible, we become responsible for what we have learned about God and His plan for humanity. We must make a choice about what we do after studying God's word: either obey or disobey. Our choices do make a difference.
I want you to begin thinking of your small group or class as a hub or center for social action, but social action with the ultimate aim of gospel action! We respond to the needs of a hurting world because it is the godly thing to do, not because it is cool or because it will get our class mentioned in Relevant Magazine. Jesus was doing social justice long before it was a cool thing to do. In fact, He was criticized for it. Jesus is our King, and the King has made it clear that He wants us to love those around us like He loves us.