Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sometimes we get a little unbalanced in our approach to doing things for God. Some people want to DO, DO, DO – to try to earn God’s approval. They think if they do enough good things, it will get them into heaven and please God. Other people think they don’t really need to DO anything, but just BE the right person, and have the right attitudes. As in many areas, the Bible teaches us that we need to be balanced.
The prophet Micah had something to say about this is Micah 6:6-8. The great statement in verse 8 is the epitome of balance: No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NLT)
We are to:
- Do what is right
- Love mercy
- Walk humbly with God
Yes, we need to be concerned with doing what is right and just. This is part of the kingdom of God, as Jesus both taught us and showed us. But we also need to have an attitude of love and mercy in everything we do. Our attitude is just as important as our actions. And on top of all this, God cares about our relationship with him. He wants us to walk with him and have our hearts align with his.
CrossPoint’s mission statement matches this verse very well: Transforming lives by loving God, loving others, and serving the world. Loving God concerns our walk with the Lord. Loving others is part of showing mercy and love. Serving the world is the way we try to do what is right.
We have a lot of events in store for this year – many ways in which we are going to love and serve. This year’s motto is going to be CrossPoint Cares. Let’s make sure we do everything with a humble attitude of love, mercy, care, and service.
Mike… this is the second time today that I have come across Micah 6:8 in totally different contexts… and that is encouraging, because it is the verse God burned into our (Evangelical Alliance Ireland Steering Group) hearts at the end of our retreat 4 weeks ago. We are choosing this verse as a plumbline for all we do this year, and are looking to challenge and mobilise the church in Ireland to do the same. Please pray for us…and I will pray for you! Blessings… Mary