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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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