From the Ultimate Inspiration
Today, I want to share a little Thursday Inspiration from something I read the other day.
Now, as a disclaimer, I am by no means a super-Christian. Feeling like I don’t measure up is a daily experience. When I compare myself to Christ, who could measure up? I’m just so thankful that He loves me and hasn’t given up on me yet, though I would have given up on myself a long time ago if I was Him.
As I’m reading in Zechariah, I’m continually amazed at this little book, hidden in the midst of the “minor prophets”. I guess I never really got excited about these books before because they seemed to be filled with symbolism and things I just didn’t understand. Coming back to read them years later, they’re making a lot more sense than they used to. Isn’t it crazy how the Bible works like that? I love it.
During my quiet time the other day, I was in Zechariah 7. I read:
Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion
everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.’
After reading that, I just sat there, thinking. My commentary says that “true justice” is more like showing fairness in business dealings. Striving to offer the best prices and never wanting to over-charge clients is something I consciously work on.
“Am I showing mercy and compassion to everyone I come in contact with?” Ouch. Probably not like I should. In fact, I’m probably not very merciful to people who cut me off on the highway. I’m also not very compassionate when I’m running late and the teller at the bank is going slowly (why are they always the slowest when I’m in a hurry?!).
I also think about a couple that approached me a few days ago. They wanted to clean my car windows so they could have cash to purchase kerosene. My cynical heart said “yeah right”. Did I oppress them by not helping?
Also, do I think bad thoughts about my “brothers and sisters” in this world? Do I laugh inside when I see that person who cut me off on the highway, pulled over by a police officer? Yes, I do to be honest.
Show Mercy and Compassion
In 2017, I want to show mercy and compassion the way Jesus did. Who cares if I give people $5 to buy “kerosene”. If they buy drugs and make fun of me for being gullible, that’s on them. Wanting to be patient with every person I come in contact with is how I want to live my life. Continue trying to be fair in my business dealings and giving clients the best value.
In view of these verses, Lord, help me to be more like You in 2017.