The chorus to “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin goes like this:
I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise
The song is about the end of life: because Jesus has risen from the dead, we have the peace of knowing we will too, as his children.
So why did this song stay in my head as I wrote about exposing religious persecution in this series? And how might it relate to Micah 6:8 – loving justly, covenanting loyalty, walking quietly with God?
Wait a minute – listen to it again! Jesus will indeed call our names when we die and we will indeed rise! But is that the only time he calls our names? Not at all.
Jesus calls our names every day, loving us justly, commanding us to perfect unity, inviting us to walk with him in the garden.
So when he calls our names, do we rise and love the persecuted justly, join them in unity, and walk with them too, such that they will suffer no more sorrow, no more pain?
We will indeed rise on eagles’ wings when we die and we will indeed fall on our knees before him.
But before then, here in this life, are we grounded to the extent that we do not rise up and cry out for the persecuted ones? And if we don’t, what is it we shall say when we meet Jesus face to face?
Here is a challenge:
Let us never start a day without praying and crying out on behalf of the persecuted.
Let us rise each morning when he calls our names.
Let us never stop until they have no more sorrow, no more shame.
As Moses repeated over and over to Pharaoh, “LET MY PEOPLE GO!”