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So often, I get at loose ends

Trying to be a “good” christian.

There are so many mental lists

Of what I need to do.

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Have devotions every day, love others, be kind

Submit, go to church on Sundays,

To say nothing of all the things on the “don’t do” list!


Today, we studied Micah.

It became clear that GOD’s focus for His people

Has less to do with lists

More to do with relationships.


Did He tell Israel they were going to be punished because

They didn’t worship enough?


They worshiped too much and had too many gods!


But they weren’t focused on Him!

They were too distracted by other gods and it was like adultery

From His perspective.

His command was not to have any other gods ahead of Him!        stop


This is where He put the focus:

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 6:8


Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with GOD?

Not a long list. Not easy for sure.

But not the list I would have made either.

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It looks like we can’t stay uninvolved from the poor and oppressed like we often want.

Instead, we are called to be involved with justice…caring for the oppressed.

Sounds like our natural desire to stand back and judge others isn’t what He wants for us.

Instead, we are called to love kindness.

If you haven’t ever noticed,

Involvement in justice and kindness doesn’t click well with a neat schedule!


Walk humbly with GOD?

When we get a picture of who He is, we will be humbled for sure.

Realizing who we are in relation to GOD,

Helps us recognize how much closer we are to the poor and oppressed.

How much more we need mercy from Him

So we can live out kindness to others.


May GOD open our eyes this week to the oppressed around us.

How can we bring justice to them?

May He help us see where we need a kind heart in living our lives this week…

As we walk humbly with GOD.


I am so thankful that Jesus can to meet the demands of even this “simple” demand

From GOD that I can’t live up to.

He lived this out perfectly on earth.


If I am “in Christ”, I stand before GOD with His perfect record on my account.

But I still need to grow.