Google+ 02/20/14 Do the Right Thing!

Micah 6:7-8

 

Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?

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.

 

In part ten of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn to the prophet Micah.  Often times, we Christians simply make things way too complicated.  We often do what the prophet suggested in his questions to God.  We attempt to make HUGE, unimportant sacrifices to God and insist others do the same.  God doesn't want our first born child, any more than He wanted Abraham's.  God just wants us to be willing to give up whatever we need to give up in sacrifice to Him.  When God called Abraham to Mt. Moriah, Abraham went, even though God was asking Abraham to sacrifice a child he had waited for his entire life.  Abraham was posed to be obedient.  God honored this fact in Abraham's life and provided a lamb for the sacrifice, rather than Abraham's son.  Micah tells us that God has told all of us what is good.  The defining statement here is that this is what God requires of us.  Nothing more, nothing less.  It is God's love for us that demands this level of obedience.  We must walk humbly, love mercy, and do what is right.  I lobby that every time we do something that is wrong or evil, we already know it.  The world calls that our conscience.  It is really the Holy Spirit speaking to us and telling us not to do that particular act.  We need to listen and not give up on God's love for us.  Yes, we have sinned.  We have all fallen short of the glory of God.  That does not mean that we should all give up on God because we are obviously all too evil!  It means that we must do exactly what Micah told us to do in today's Scripture lesson.  Don't pretend we don't know what Micah is talking about.  We do and we must be obedient.  Don't make it so complicated.  Let's simply "Do the Right Thing!"