Justice Point to Ponder:
We were made to do this work with Christ and with others. Humbling ourselves to ask for prayer covering and making sure we are working with others we trust ensures we are not out there all by ourselves and being drained dry. – Amber Robinson
I’m honored to present the third installment of Kelli Trijillo’s mini-justice series. You can catch the interviews for Part 1 (with author and justice advocate, Shayne Moore) and Part 2 (with author, musicians, and justice advocate, Erin Ludwig) here. Today, we get to meet Amber Robinson, author of Mercy Rising: Simple Ways to Practice Justice and Compassion and speaker for Compassion International. Amber graciously answers three questions about living justly:
1. Why are you passionate about biblical justice?
I never set out to be “passionate about biblical justice.” In college, I took a spiritual gifts test and scored high on a couple gifts, medium on many others, and glaringly low on one gift – and that gift was mercy. So it’s ironic that many people say that justice is my “thing”, when it is obviously something that I don’t come by naturally.
Through a very long trial with health issues, God revealed to me a lot of selfishness. I realized that my world was all about me.
I began reading Scripture more earnestly – I was amazed by all of the commands to help those in our society who face injustice, and knew I needed to act on these commands. It was very hard to reorient my thinking because we are taught, even in our faith culture, to focus on ourselves and our nuclear families.
I am passionate about my work with Compassion International and slavery prevention because it works. I have seen the lives of children all around the world changed. Despite the population increases in poor countries, we are turning the tide on poverty.
Beyond the help for others, we are really helping ourselves. It is an emotionally, spiritually, physically healing journey to die to self. I feel a joy and peace that I never had before.
I feel like my life has more clarity and focus and integrity. My old thought pattern was, Once I get my finances, health, etc. in order, then I can do justice, but God’s way is this: Die to yourself, obey me, and I will give you all the rest.
We can’t give in to the lie that the people who are immersed in this kingdom work have an easier life in some way and that is why they are involved. We all have big reasons not to do this. But we can get past these excuses and start living the abundant life promised to us.
Continue reading the rest of Amber’s interview here. Pay special attention to her counsel to REST, PRUNE, and ACT.
Reminder: After this week, we will move our Worldview discussion topics to Saturdays, and began a new focus for Mentoring Mondays.