Welcome and thanks for stopping by to read our first blog post! We at SERVE 6.8 hope you’ll find these posts helpful in discovering more about SERVE 6.8 and that they’ll cause you to reflect on how you engage with those experiencing poverty.
The mission of SERVE 6.8 is to unify, equip, and be an extension of the local church to serve the poor. The foundation of how we approach serving those in poverty is found in the Bible. That’s why for this first series we’ll be walking through my ten favorite verses on poverty. The first verse we’re going to explore is Micah 6:8 and I can’t think of a better place to start, given it’s one of the two founding verses of SERVE 6.8.
In Micah, we see a corrupt nation, a people concerned with their own wealth and disregard for the vulnerable. In Micah 6, God is reminding His people of His righteousness and all He’s saved them from to which they ask, aren’t our offerings and sacrifices good enough? The reply is this:
Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
“…to walk humbly with your God.” This sounds nice, but what does it mean? When we do something “with” someone, it means we’re in relationship with them. To do so humbly, means setting aside our selfish desires and pride. When we’re in relationship with God, setting aside our pride, and submitting to His authority and ways; His ways becomes our ways and His heart becomes our heart (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Only when we are humbly walking with God can we really understand that we can’t behave sinfully then make our offering and think he’ll be pleased. We are called to have His heart for the oppressed, the fatherless, and the widow (Isaiah 1:17). Not only are we to show love and mercy to the oppressed, but we are also to act justly; to actively be engaged in their lives and advocate for the cause of those who are vulnerable.