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July 21st, 2015

The True Heart of a Worshiper

 ”With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; 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 (ESV)

Religious activity can be a dangerous thing. If we are not careful, we will begin to think that our acts of devotion to the Lord are really bargaining chips, obligating the Lord to bless us because of our obedience to Him. Acts of service and worship, though, were never meant to earn the favor of God; rather they were meant to express our joy in having already found favor in Him. As Micah so eloquently writes in the above passage, the Lord could care less about the number of rams and calves we sacrifice. His concern is not the action itself but rather the heart motivating the action.

In the Lord’s eyes, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly are more appropriate reflections of the Lord’s transformative work in our lives than sacrificing our firstborn or our best livestock, because when we do those things we aren’t trying to earn anything from the Lord. We are simply reacting to what the Lord is already working in us.

Why do you serve the Lord? Do you serve Him in order to earn His favor? Or are you so overwhelmed by the love shown to you in the work of Christ that you must react in service to your most-worthy God?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Micah, Religion, Service.
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July 21st, 2012

The True Heart of a Worshiper

 ”With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; 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 (ESV)

Religious activity can be a dangerous thing. If we are not careful, we will begin to think that our acts of devotion to the Lord are really bargaining chips, obligating the Lord to bless us because of our obedience to Him. Acts of service and worship, though, were never meant to earn the favor of God; rather they were meant to express our joy in having already found favor in Him. As Micah so eloquently writes in the above passage, the Lord could care less about the number of rams and calves we sacrifice. His concern is not the action itself but rather the heart motivating the action.

In the Lord’s eyes, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly are more appropriate reflections of the Lord’s transformative work in our lives than sacrificing our firstborn or our best livestock, because when we do those things we aren’t trying to earn anything from the Lord. We are simply reacting to what the Lord is already working in us.

Why do you serve the Lord? Do you serve Him in order to earn His favor? Or are you so overwhelmed by the love shown to you in the work of Christ that you must react in service to your most-worthy God?!

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 195:  Micah)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Micah, Religion, Service.
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March 16th, 2009

Legalism

“Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.’” Luke 13:14 (NIV)

Legalism bypasses relationship. Instead of operating out of an abiding relationship with Christ, it is possible to embrace an external religion. You can gravitate toward measuring your level of spiritual maturity with the standard of outward appearance. You can be so steeped in legalism that you totally neglect the internal component that God values.

Jesus had miraculously healed a woman crippled by an evil spirit for eighteen years. She immediately exhibited a straight posture and praised God. This woman had been set free. However, the synagogue ruler was indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. The synagogue ruler was so steeped in legalism that he missed the wonderful life-changing work of the Lord of the Sabbath.

“The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?’”(Luke 13:15-16 NIV).

Have you allowed legalism to rob your love relationship with Christ? God looks at your heart and wants you to operate your life from the abiding relationship that He has established for you in Christ. Walk in the freedom of God’s grace and seek to grow in the daily expression of your faith. Let others see Jesus in you. Be a conduit of grace just as God has lavished His grace on you.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Hypocrisy, Jesus, Legalism, Religion.
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