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Day 10 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

1 Timothy 5:8 NLT

‘But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.’

There’s a great danger that sin can be reduced to a list of failed personal moral behaviours. Yet, there are glaring sins of omission in our world. The newsreel is overwhelming in its never-ending narrative of human misery. No longer confined to foreign shores and therefore someone else’s problem, Europe now finds itself as unwelcome host to hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the horrors of war and poverty. It may well be that this is a call to awaken me from my indifference.

I am on record as offering support for those struggling with economic woes, of advocating for the marginalised whom life has dealt a harsh hand. Yet, my passionate concern often amounts to no more than empty if well-rehearsed rhetoric. It’s perhaps more about how I’d like to see myself and to be seen than about any real practical engagement with the issues.

I was aware just how lonely and exhausting it was once life required me to live as a carer for my wife. It was difficult, as neither of our families offered support. At times my own loneliness and inability to determine the best course of action revealed just how powerless I truly was. I was so grateful for the Disability Living Allowance that kept us afloat, when the caring task prevented me from pursuing my preferred employment.

Through redemption we have chosen God’s preferences in this world. God’s heart, as revealed by Jesus’ declaration in the synagogue on returning from his temptation, is turned towards the marginalised. By virtue of the life blood of Christ we are joined to God’s declaration that the kingdom might be revealed in part here in the earth. It is revealed through me and through you. The sin of indifference not only reduces our investment into God’s mission to fine-sounding intention, but also directs our attention to our own welfare ahead of anyone else’s. It appears we are only available once we have secured all our own home bases, while God took a gamble in coming to earth in search of a people who weren’t seeking a saviour at the time.

QUESTION: What does God require of you today in resisting indifference?

PRAYER: Lord, open my eyes to see those in need that I can help today.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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