“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do
justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Last summer I spent a month in India at foster homes that cared for children with disabilities.
Humility met me face to face. God opened my eyes to the reality of orphan care, trauma,
abandonment, and especially the treatment of orphans with disabilities. In the brokenness that
stems from the fall, children are abandoned, experience trauma, and millions of orphans grow
up without the love of a family. The reality is that, yes, we live in a broken world, but we do have
hope because we have a gospel and a Jesus that promises to restore and redeem what has
been messed up. Even though this world is filled with hurt, we can rest in the knowledge that
one day the Lord will return and will redeem every part of this world. While we rest in the hope
of that, it is important that we are not stagnant but at work, in faith and belief in His promised
How we treat orphans has a direct effect on the rest of the world, and it should be an integral
part of a Christian life. It matters that we do it well. Scripture does not simply suggest that
Christians care for the orphan but commands it. It is seen all over Scripture – the Old
Testament (Exodus 22:22, Psalm 82:3) and the New (Acts 20:35, James 1:27, John 14:15-21).
Why should this motivate us? We ourselves are orphans and have nothing apart from Christ.
It is because of the great hope that Christ gives us that we can rest. No work or thing we could
ever try to accomplish on our own could be sufficient without that hope. Because of that hope,
we have a distinct purpose which can be seen in 1 Peter 2:16 which calls us to “live as a people
who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living servants of God.” Our
lives are fleeting, but they are meant to be lived for a Jesus that we can have full hope in.
Perhaps humility is the simple recognition that our God is far bigger and better than anything we
might want to do on our own.
We are called to fight and work for justice for the oppressed. We are called to love mercy and
extend it to others as Christ has given it to us. We are called to walk in humility regardless of
what that looks like for us. No matter what the Lord has us do, He gets the glory. Because we
can find deep spiritual rest in God, we can be motivated to actively serve His kingdom, seek
justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. To God be the glory, forever and ever amen.