“With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:6-8 NKJV
When I began this journey with God, i thought that I had to do many things to please Him. I set about serving in all the ways that I could. At one point I was busy each day of the week doing something to please God. I was extremely weary. In the midst of the all those efforts, I did not reflect on the heart of Jesus. I was too busy trying to interpret what He wanted, from my perspective.
When I read the passage in Micah, I am reminded of my past, ceaselessly seeking to do and not really abide. God demonstrated what He desires in His saving of my soul. I came to Jesus a sinner bound for hell, not able to do anything for myself. It is by His grace that I am saved. I brought nothing to be saved, I can bring nothing to make Him love me more.
My job on this planet, is to show the love and share the Gospel of our great Savior. That is what He wants. I do things that are just. I do what is good and beneficial for those I encounter. This is a two edged sword, as I am to help and to correct. We have a tendancy to think that justice is the giving some kind of reparation for the wrongs suffered, it is also the giving of the consequence for bad behaviors. I cannot be just and only seek to placate the sense of offense without also calling out the same people when they offend.
I am also to show mercy. Mercy is, at its core, not giving people what they deserve. I am thankful the mercy of God. I deserve hell. We are called to show the mercy of God to others, as we ourselves have been shown mercy. We are to represent Jesus as His ambassaders.
Finally, I must yield to the correction of God. Humility is hard. I desire to show my independence, my have my own way. Even in human disagreements, I push to win. For the bellkiever, this is not what we are to do. The Gospel turns enemies into brothers, our opposition to others separates them from the draw of God’s grace. if it means losing an argument, I am willing if it means winning one to Christ.
My Brothers and sisters, seek today to walk justly, show mercy and walk humbly with our God. Time is short and eternity awaits.
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