Yesterday was a very nice day temperature wise so Angelica and I decided to go for a walk. It was a very enlightening walk that I don’t want to forget.

We started out and it was lovely. It was about 60 degrees outside and I was walking with Angelica.  Angelica and I always have great conversations, one of the many reasons why she’s one of my favorite people in the world. We started talking about everything from true community, world missions, troubled friends, and then we landed on the topic of justice.  She is reading Isaiah right now and it is rocking her world. She said that the people that Isaiah was trying to speak to lacked justice in their lives, they lived by the rules yet lacked justice.  The question she then posed is how do we do that? How do we seek to live out justice? We talked about it for sometime about this topic. Then it hit me, the only act of true justice is Christ.*** Yet, thankfully that is an act of injustice. It is unjust because I deserve death, the wrath of God should be poured out on me because of my sin. I am not worthy to stand before a holy God HOWEVER I don’t receive death. I don’t receive God’s wrath. Christ does for me. That is truly an injustice. But where is the justice? Sin has to be punished. In the same place there is injustice, justice is found. How is that possible?  Romans 3:26 says “It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” The ESV Study Bible note for this verse says ” In the cross of Christ, God has shown himself to be just (utterly holy, so that the penalty demanded by the law is not removed but paid for by Christ) but also the justifier (the one who provides the means of justification and who declares people to be in right standing with himself) and the Savior of all those who trust in Jesus. Here is the heart of the Christian faith, for at the cross God’s justice and love meet”  Because of the cross of Christ, justice is served. Sin is paid for in full for all of those who will believe. The question still remains. How do we live out justice? I would say that it is pointing people to Christ, the only One who can provide justice. There are other injustices that need to dealt with as well like feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. My prayer is this:  “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27. I believe that if we have truly been justified, we will seek to help others. We will not forsake the Gospel in doing this. These two go hand in hand as James so cleverly puts it. These thoughts just came to me as I sat and began journaling this today. I only discussed with Angelica up to where the  *** are. Well and the pointing people to Christ part-I just filled in the gaps today.

Next on our walk we encountered two lost people and by lost I mean they just simply needed directions to a location. One was headed to Starbucks on Old Fort and the other to a post office. But as Angelica and I were talking after helping these people this thought hit me-this is a picture of how life should be done. We should be doing life in such a way that we encounter lost people. It may not be pretty (remember we were out walking in the rain) but it still must be done. Mike Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church, said at church this morning that our purpose in life is to glorify God and make His Son known to the nations (including our nation). I will talk about the glory of God more in a moment, but I’d like to focus on the latter half of that statement.  “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Mark 2:17) Jesus came to save sinners, therefore we must encounter the lost on a daily basis. I was in that place, but thanks be to GOD who saved me. In God’s eyes, I am no longer a sinner, but I’ve been declared righteous. I talked plenty about that in the previous paragraph, so I won’t go on any more (but I’m hoping that we can see how these things are woven together).  Because God has saved me, I should tell others what the Lord has done in me….no matter the cost.

At some point during our walk between helping the Starbucks person and helping the post office man, we ended up at the Murfreesboro Square. It really is a neat little place, but I learned something new about the square yesterday. At two o’clock on Saturdays, well at least this Saturday bells ring from the courthouse. This could happen every hour, but I was only there at two so I can’t say for sure.  These bells didn’t just pointlessly ring, they rang to the tune of familiar songs. It took us a few songs but we realized that these songs were hymns.  The only hymn I can remember  being played yesterday was “To God Be the Glory” Then I had this thought, “What would Murfreesboro look like if believers lived out “to God be the glory”?  The song is ringing from our courthouse, why is it not ringing from our lives? As I stated earlier, our purpose, to quote Mike Lee, is to GLORIFY GOD and make His Son known to the nations.  How do we glorify God? Here is where it all ties together, we glorify God by exalting Christ (or in other words by making His Son known to the nations). “Therefore God has highly exalted him (Jesus) and bestowed on him (Jesus) the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philipians 2:9-11)  God himself exalted Jesus-at the His name, every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Why? To the GLORY OF GOD.

May our lives be about justice, the lost, and the glory of God.

When I began journaling about this walk in the rain I myself did not realize how the three of these things are woven together, but I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who reveals these things to us.

Thank you Angelica for asking me to go for a walk in the rain, although it wasn’t raining at the time you asked me because that would be dumb to walk in the rain. Little did I know the life lessons that God would teach me through our walk in the rain.