We are adding jewels for His crown by adding Jules to our staff. Julie (Jules) Roper joined our team as our new COO. I’ll introduce her to you. But I also want to know how you are adding jewels for His crown in 2020.
You are God’s Jewel
The book of Zechariah says,
“The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.” Zech. 9:16.
You sparkle like jewels in a crown when you reflect the character of our King. King Jesus rules on a throne of justice with a scepter of justice dispensing justice to the nations. And His instructions to you are also found in Zechariah,
“This is what the Lord Almighty says, ‘Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’” Zec. 7:9-10
Because I believe every person is made in the image of God, I believe deep within us resides the desire for justice. We bristle against power that exploits the weak. We love heroes who sacrifice their interest to save someone else. I believe that is the power of God prompting us to reflect his character. He rushed into this broken world, fought the power of injustice, and willingly died to set us free. Jesus freely set aside power and privilege to take our place, bear our sin (selfish rebellion), and give us new life and purpose. He invites us to do the same.
Jules Roper is a daughter of the King. As a sophomore in college, she was confronted by Jesus. Either Jesus was who he claimed to be – Lord – or he was a liar or lunatic. She still keeps a small wooden pencil as a reminder of her wrestling and blessed yielding to Jesus as Lord on October 17, 1997 when she responded to a call at her college Christian fellowship to follow Jesus as Lord.
How about you? It is easy to get distracted in this loud and busy world. But we all must answer the question of who Jesus is. If we believe he is Lord, then we serve a different Kingdom. A kingdom marked by love, sacrifice and humility. And love demonstrates itself as we administer justice for the widow, fatherless, alien and poor.
Be a jewel that sparkles
Jesus said it this way, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Mt. 5:14,16.
Here is what my friend Jules does.
“I grow spiritually by abiding in the vine through daily reading, meditation, and prayer in God’s Word, listening to great preaching, living life with an amazing community of people, filling my mind with things above, confessing and confronting sin, and regularly seeking God’s will in all facets of life.”
That is great advice.
Develop the gifts God has given you. Pursue your passion for the deeper things that matter. Develop discipline and then persevere in faith, hope and love. My new friend did this.
Jules has amazing capacity to see all the pieces that need to come together within an operating system to grow healthy. She has a doctorate in physical therapy and quickly moved from being a physical therapist to vice president of business performance management. In that role she helped scale a health clinic from 4 locations in one state to 850 locations in 25 states. While an impressive accomplishment, this is not what makes Jules sparkle.
Suffering helps us sparkle
Zechariah recorded God’s rescue of his people from suffering and then they sparkled like jewels in a crown. None of us choose suffering. But through suffering we learn to rely less on ourselves, wrestle with God, and sacrifice our will for His will. That is my story, maybe it is your story, and it is my friend Jules story.
While Jules was succeeding in business, she found herself working long hours impacting relationships and her own health. She gained over 100 pounds and found herself questioning God’s purpose in her life. Jules cut back her hours and began taking online ministry courses, but doors closed. She disciplined herself to be healthy and persevered to lose all the weight. After a year of hard wrestling and seeking direction, she felt compelled to go to LinkedIn. She loved her work, but felt a call to something more. Her strong desire to use her gifts and experience for kingdom-driven work for God’s glory had her staring at a computer screen. The opportunity profile for Administer Justice’s new COO is what she first saw.
After a thorough process of interviews, prayer and presentations, we all recognized God’s hand in bringing Jules to our team. We hope you have the opportunity to meet her. Send her a note of welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be prepared for a new chapter in your life.
Starting a new chapter
For my women friends, consider spending 7 days in a short Daily Jewels devotional. Guys, and others, consider reading my friend Eugene Cho’s 7 day devotional on not overrating ourselves as we develop a heart for justice.
Perhaps this is the year to get more involved in serving the legal needs of our vulnerable neighbors. We’d love to help you – contact us. Maybe this is the year to stand with the vulnerable by committing to use a portion of what you have to monthly support volunteers who administer justice. Thank you.