“The Essence” Micah 6:6-8

“…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:6-8

 

In a world that demands our time, seeks our devotion, and can drive us crazy, God offers an alternative.  The church is no stranger to making things more complex than they need to be; Micah wrote these words during the 8th century BC so folks have been struggling a long time about this thing called faith. The Christian faith has its essence in the pure love of God.  It is not hostile towards those who do not believe rather God goes to the extreme, even death on a cross to redeem even those considered unredeemable by those in the habit of judging others.  “Doing justice” is about sharing the grace of God, actually living the faith which calls us to see others as God sees them; souls worthy to be saved.  What Jesus Christ offers us is the incredible freedom to serve not out of fear or obligation but in the pure joy of serving. To “love kindness” is to fully live the gift of faith and joyfully witness Christ through the joy we share.  The essence of faith is not what we do, but what God has done in us, it is about God’s grace transforming lives through the gifts we have been given.  When we walk humbly with God we are confident that we can do all things through him who loves us as we begin to more fully comprehend this amazing God we serve.  Thank you Jesus for the gift of faith and new life!

Pastor Tom

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