Today’s Truth: Micah 6:8 You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good. This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God
From My Heart To Yours:
Can Christians really make a difference in the world or is it too late? This question is one that is discussed in many pulpits and small group bible studies across America. I believe there are a couple of different answers to the question. First I believe yes we can make a difference. We can make a difference in our own families, in our churches, in our communities and in our circle of Christian friends. If you are a Christian, you know the Bible describes how the world will end. The Bible tells us that as we get closer to the end of this world that sin will not get better, it will get worse. True, however to me, that does not mean that we just lay down and prepare for death. We still a responsibility to God while we are here.
I find the book of Micah to be a very interesting book of the Bible and I believe that it and this scripture reference for today can be used to answer the question, can Christians really make a difference in the world today.
Micah was a modern-day prophet for his time. He was telling the people who God was a God of love but he was also a God of wrath. The people were told that judgement was certain to come upon them if they did not heed His warnings about their blatant sins. A lot of preachers and television evangelist today talk about promises and blessings for Christians but choose not to talk to about the sins we are committing. Discussing sin is not popular now and it was not popular in Micah’s day either.
Micah was not the deliver of gloom and doom by talking about the sins of that day. He told the people God loved them and provided hope that their relationship with God could be restored as it once was before. He didn’t stop there though. He gave them clear instructions on how to do it. Micah 6:8 says, You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good. This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.
God still requires these three things from Christians today just as He did in Micah’s day. If every Christian would decide to follow this simple verse we could make a difference in this world and with all those we come in contact with.
….This is what the Lord requires from you:
1. TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT – We are to do what is right in our relationship with God. God is deserving of our heart, mind, body, and soul. Jesus tells us (Mk. 12:28-30) that the first commandment is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Because He created us in His own image, God rightly and justly deserves all of our worship and adoration. “This is the first commandment.”
We are also to do what is right and fair to our neighbor (to other people). Not what is right and fair based on what man tells us but what is right and fair based on what God tells us. The world tells us to sue our neighbor, hate our neighbor, ignore our neighbor and the list goes on. Jesus tells us (MK12:31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
2. TO LOVE MERCY – You must show love and kindness. Some people are weaker than you are and some are poorer than you are. You should be kind to them and help them. For most Christians this means giving money to the poor person standing on the side of the road or giving money to the homeless. But mercy comes in many forms such as kindness, benevolence, and charity. Sometimes mercy is just being willing to forgive the sins of others as God is willing to forgive our sins.
3. TO LIVE HUMBLY WITH GOD – You must walk (live) humbly with God. The first two instructions tell us how to treat each other. But this one is about our actions towards God. We should agree with what God tells us in His Word and show Him that He is important to us through our word, actions and lives. We should do what God wants us to, no matter how easy or how hard it may be.
You can not do the first two if you do not have a good relationship with God. You must love him, trust him, depend on him and obey him. With him all things are possible. Without him one and two will be impossible.
Can Christians really make a difference in the world? Again I say yes. Won’t you do your part? Start today by deciding to focus on you and your family and then challenge and inspire other Christians to do the same.
Dear Lord, we know that in the times we live in today it is hard to stand for right. Sometimes we become discouraged, want to give up trying to do right. Sometimes we are convinced that we can not make a difference because we are just one person or one family. But Lord we know you are still the same God today as you were in Micah’s day. Thank you for your promise of forgiveness through salvation and for the mercy and grace you give to us each day. Help us to do what is right, to love mercy and to live humbly with you. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Today I was a bit distracted with all the negativity in the media regarding the new health care bill. I am very concerned about what this means to me personally but I also understand how some friends of mine are supporting it. I think America will stand on one side or the other and at this point I am not convinced that either of us are wrong. My husband and I do not have insurance. I work for a small firm that has a total of 4 employees including the owner and they have chosen not to offer insurance as an option to its employees. I knew that I when I took the job. My husband is a pastor for a small church that can not afford to pay for his insurance benefits so he does not have insurance. Thankfully we are both very healthy so not having insurance has not been an issue for us. My husband and I already pay so much into taxes and live on such a tight budget I wonder how we will budget for more taxes and insurance cost? I understand the need to insure everyone, however we will now HAVE to purchase insurance and I don’t know where the funds will come from to do that.
My parents are both retired with a lot of health problems and they receive Medicare and Medicaid that don’t cover their health cost now, how will they pay the bills when these funds are reduced? How will they afford more taxes to help pay for the new bill when they are already living from check to check.
On the other side I have a few friends who this plan will probably help and they are very excited about it. One has a baby who has had health issues since he was born and has already maxed out on his lifetime coverage. This plan will help him and his parents. Another friend of mine has wanted her husband to change jobs for the last two years but he couldn’t because her child had medical issues that would be considered pre-existing conditions and with the new bill this will allow him to change jobs.
I am concerned that this is going to be yet one more division of Americans and yes even Christians. I was always taught that you should never talk politics or religion at work, well I guess we need to add health care to that list.
Christians, don’t loose focus on Jesus no matter what side of the health care debate you stand on. We need to look for things that unify us not draw us apart. If you notice someone does not support your views on this issue than talk about how America needs Jesus. You may not can count on your congressman to vote your way but you can always count on Jesus. HE is the answer to all our issues.