I believe that is the image of God expressing Himself through us. People with odds stacked against them are near to God’s heart; the poor, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the broken.
If you want to feel God’s heart beat, go serve the poor – Jesus is there!
When I read Scriptures like Isaiah 58, I can’t help but think that suffering people are near to God’s heart.
Why did He make it so clear in Isaiah that it wasn’t the rituals He was after, but rather the things that pointed to Him?
Could God’s heart beat any louder and His promises more richly found than in Isaiah 58: 6-11?
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”
Find a way to connect with someone who needs what you have, like teaching English to refugees or giving your lunch to the man standing on the corner.
Many of us feel like we don’t have the time or the resources, but God promises if you do this, you will be like a “well watered garden” and “your light shall rise.”
He will multiply your energy and you will find the abundant life – the life you dream of, not the one wrapped up in material possessions.
Watch this short video, and see if it doesn’t make you want to go serve – serving the poor is an amazing experience with God, I guarantee!