Standby for Justice

Standby for JusticeI stood on top of the playground in front of the slide, knowing what to do but wondering how to execute it.  Then it seemed like in one brief moment, time stood still and the Lord spoke directly to me.

I was playing freeze tag with my Royal Family Kid’s Club mentee, fellow mentors, and their mentees.  In that particular moment, I observed a mentor “freezing” a mentee on the ground below me.  I heard the mentee’s call for help, but I hesitated.  I knew she needed someone to “unfreeze” her.  I saw where she was.  But there was one slight problem: between me and her stood the mentor who was “It”.  I thought and re-thought if I would be able to zip down the slide and unfreeze the mentee without getting frozen.  Then, I determined to unfreeze her even if it I might get frozen in the process.  But before I carried out the action, someone else unfroze her first.  I was too late and I was strangely disappointed.

Through this situation, God spoke to my heart: “ Is this the very same way we stand up for justice?”  Many of us know about the hundreds of foster children out there who need to be unfrozen.  Many of us have probably heard their cries.  Many of us have seen their pictures.  Yet, between us and the carrying out of justice for these children, stands “It” who seeks to thwart our attempts for rescue.

Because of this, most of us prefer to do what I did – just stand by watching.  We may feel hopeless or useless or unequipped, but whatever our excuse, there is no reason why we should hold back from completing the obvious will of the Lord.

Since Jesus Christ is for justice, we should be too.  It doesn’t matter that a monster of an enemy called “It” (or more precisely known as the devil) blocks our way.  It’s not important what obstacles stand in our path.  It doesn’t make a difference that others around us may or may not follow suit.  And it’s not even relevant that there’s a possibility we will be tagged in the process.  Focus on the Lord and the one “frozen” He has placed in front of you.  If we don’t follow God’s nudging to whiz down the slide and unfreeze those around us, someone else will do it first and we will be disappointed.

In order for justice to be brought about in our community – in our world – it is necessary for the entire Body of Christ to work together to bring justice where justice is needed.  Be it foster kids, the unborn, sex trafficked, or orphans, the reality of the matter is that not merely tens, not simply hundreds, not only thousands, but millions around the globe are frozen and are waiting for a rescuer!

Though the injustices occurring here on earth seem like a problem too big for us to solve, a situation far outside of our control, an issue impossible to end – remember that our God is mighty and strong in power.  He is the One who will back us up one hundred percent of the way.  When we bounce down the slide – regardless of the “Its” that tower before us – we can be confident that God is sliding right here with us, in us, and through us, and it is He who will enable us to be an “Unfreezer” in this generation all to His glory!

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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