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In Light of Eternity

As Christians, I think many of us take on God's characteristics as we grow close to Him. One such cause is Justice, as God is a God of Justice. Many of us take up causes, and many of those causes are, indeed noble and right. Yet, while much of what we do is both good and right, we lose sight of Jesus in the middle of our crusades against evil. I am currently studying through the Chronicles of Judah's Kings (1 and 2 Chronicles in the Bible), and many of the Kings of Judah begin well! They follow God, they stop the detestable practices of the previous generation(s), they tear down idols...but then they begin to do things without consulting God. These things are not necessarily bad things! They are building fleets, and protecting the nation, and many edicts that would be for the welfare of Judah, and God's people. The problem, though, is they do so without consulting God, and also do so while brokering deals with those who are in open rebellion against God. The Chronicles make it clear: the ends do not justify the means. God desires our focus to be on Him, and His way and will are supreme. When we champion causes, and lose sight of God's will, our causes lack eternal value. The only things that last are those that seek to build the Kingdom. If you want to change your community, great! But what eternal consequences will you consider in doing so? You want to stop child trafficking? Wonderful! This is a just cause, but how are we saving these kids toward the one who can make them whole again? Whatever causes God has placed on your heart are His causes, and we must never forget that. We can send people to hell with full stomachs if we feed their physical needs, but neglect the spiritual. Let us, then, in light of Jesus Christ take up the causes He places on our hearts, but let us always keep Him in our sights as we follow His call. Otherwise, we, like the Kings of Judah, start well, but finish poorly. Romans 12:9-21 (HCSB) Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But

If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

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