Tenth Avenue North – “For Those Who Can’t Speak” (Devotional)
Proverbs 31:8; Galatians 5:13; 1 John 3:16
I’ve been studying Jesus lately. It’s always amazing to watch Him in action isn’t it? What amazes me most is who He used His voice for. He didn’t cheer on the victorious, He campaigned for the powerless. He was the ultimate anti-band-wagoner. As an avid sports fan, I’m confused and in awe. We don’t campaign for the team with the losing record, we jump on with the champions. We remove our affiliation with the losing and make winners our new BFF. But Jesus never did.
Jesus was attracted to winners and losers alike.
Pharisees and tax-collectors both ate meals by his side, and He was the greatest at noticing the unnoticeable. Think of the woman in the crowd. “Who touched me!?!?” Jesus cried. In the swarm of humanity, Jesus sees every one of us, and He seems especially concerned with the weak and underprivileged. He even began his ministry by reading from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
I love it.
Whenever Jesus stood in front of a crowd, over and over in the gospels we hear this; “And Jesus, looked out on the crowd, and was moved with compassion.” Here you have the one man, more famous than anyone who will ever live, the one who through all things and people were created, the one person who truly deserved world-wide notoriety, didn’t care much for accolades. Instead, we could say, He didn’t need them. In fact, it seems to me, Jesus never sought to be seen, rather, He sought to see. The only one worthy of adoration, used his life for those who were dying. He used his influence for the very ones who could never return the investment.
So how will you use your platform today? How will you use your money? Your influence? Who will you point to? Who will you serve?
In conclusion, letΓÇÖs use our voices for those who canΓÇÖt speak for themselves.