I'm talking to Paul Hammond on UCB1 right now about church and homelessness! https://t.co/bTAinFi4l7
“Say to all your people and your priests, ‘During these seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and in early autumn, was it really for me that you were fasting? And even now in your holy festivals, aren’t you eating and drinking just to please yourselves? Isn’t this the same message the LORD proclaimed through the prophets in years past when Jerusalem and the towns of Judah were bustling with people, and the Negev and the foothills of Judah were well populated?’” Then this message came to Zechariah from the LORD: “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. - Zechariah 7:5-10
When I read this this morning I got thinking about what God’s calling us to do when he calls us to proclaim the gospel. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day, the ebs and flows of life and forget what we’re really called for. We’re called to serve the Lord. The question we must always be asking ourselves is “what is the Lord requiring of me today?”. This is a passage about a people who had got caught up in their religious activities and forgotten to ask God what he was requiring of them. This may change as seasons change. What God requires of you today will be different from what he will call you to next week, next month, next year. But the important thing is that it’s God’s mission that matters, not ours, what does He require of us? Zachariah reminds us that what he has called us to is love. Love for our neighbours and love for our God. Colossians 3:14 says that above all virtues we should put on love. It’s love that rives us to serve the widows, orphans, foreigners and the poor. It’s love that stops us from scheming against oneanother. Love is the theme that remains through the years as we seek to do what God requires of us. What is God requiring of you today?