THE SERVANT GENERAL
TO BE RIGHTEOUS AND JUST
February 7, 2018
David says in this psalm:
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he
will act and make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like noonday.” (Ps 37:5-6).
We are the Lord’s, including our time, talent and treasure.
But oftentimes we act as if we are our owndoing our own
plans, following our own agenda, using our resources for our
own benefit. That is when we get into trouble. What is the
way for the Christian? Since we are the Lord’s, then
we commit our way to the Lord. We go and do things His way.
When we do so, then “he will act,” always for
God will let justice bloom in us. Now justice is giving to
the other person what is his due. To God is due a tithe. To
human beings is due the salvation that Jesus already won for
them. Whatever we own is God’s, but He asks only for
10% of our money in order to do the work of the Kingdom. This
work is mission, to proclaim the gospel of salvation to others,
which helps bring them to conversion. If we withhold our money
(and time and energy) and thus restrict mission and thus prevent
others from hearing the gospel, then we are being unjust not
just to God but also to our fellow human beings.
God will bring us to righteousness. Indeed He calls us to
be holy and to be perfect as He is. But if we withhold the
tithe and thus rob Him, then how can we be holy? We would
be defiled, as “from within people, from their hearts,
come …. theft” (Mk 7:21). Withholding the tithe
often also entails just wanting more of God’s money
for ourselves. Thus we would also be guilty of “greed”
(Mk 7:22). And if we try to justify our action by citing this
or that need, or this or that excuse, we can even be guilty
of “deceit” (Mk 7:22). “All these evils
come from within and they defile.” (Mk 7:23).
then are we to do? How do we commit our way to the Lord? How
can our righteousness and justice shine forth? Well, give
your tithe of your treasure, as well as your time and talent.
And “trust in him” (Ps 37:5b). Trust that God
will take care of your needs. Trust that God will make all
things work for your good. Trust that God will even bring
you to abundance.