THE SERVANT GENERAL
NO ONE IN NEED
JUSTICE AND ETERNAL LIFE - 2
1 Peter 1:3-9
What is our goal in life? It should be to make it to heaven.
This is “the goal of your faith, the salvation of your
souls.” (1 Pt 1:9). Now according to what Jesus says,
one criterion for whether we will make it to heaven or not
is how we treat the least of our brethren.
has a covenant with His people, by which He desires that we
make it to heaven, to be with Him eternally. Part of this
covenant is His provision for His people, whom He is committed
to care for. “He gives food to those who fear him, he
remembers his covenant forever.” (Ps 111:5). What is
important to God is justice and equity. “The works of
his hands are true and just” (Ps 111:7a). Justice is
giving to others what is their due. What is due to the poor
is an equitable share of the world’s goods. God expects
such equity, as His decrees are “to be observed with
truth and equity.” (Ps 111:8b).
God created a wonderful world of abundance, where there should
be enough for everyone. But the world’s goods are unevenly
and not equitably shared. There are the very rich and the
very poor. God then expects the rich to share with the poor.
To the rich man who wanted “to inherit eternal life”
(Mk 10:17b), Jesus said, “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will
have treasure in heaven” (Mk 10:21b).
that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he
had many possessions.” (Mk 10:22). Now notice that the
rich man kept the commandments from his youth (Mk 10:19-20).
But now, even his eternal salvation was under threat. “How
hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom
of God!” (Mk 10:23). Is it wrong to be wealthy? No.
But it is wrong not to share with the poor and care for the
least of our brethren.
if not all look to possessions, even wealth. These are supposed
to be blessings. And they indeed are, but only if we handle
our resources in the right way, according to the ways of God.
We must always be mindful of the needs of the poor, and of
the call to justice.