Pastor’s Pondering

Pastor’s Pondering February 2017

“He had told you, O mortal, 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

The prophet Micah asks, what does God require of us?  He asks this question in a time of dishonesty, corruption, and injustice.  A time when the leaders and the people had gotten so far off track that they were completely lost.  Had Micah posed this question to the people the answer probably would be something along the lines of sacrifice, showing up for worship, giving offerings.  But instead, Micah asks this question and then answers it from God’s point of view.  And the answer should never cease to shock and surprise us, to make us uncomfortable as we wonder: am I really doing that?  God doesn’t require the things we have come to expect like showing up for worship, knowing the Bible frontwards and backwards, having all the right beliefs.  Instead God requires that we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.  These actions are not optional for a life of faith.  So often we think of faith in terms of what we believe and how certain we are about those beliefs.  But Micah wants us to think of faith in terms of what are we inspired to do, how does our belief in God change how we live our lives.  And Micah is not the only voice in Scripture asking this question, in the New Testament we hear “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”  And we hear Jesus summarizing a life of faith as loving God with our whole being and loving our neighbor as ourselves.  Faith is not a feeling but a verb, it is the way we live out our lives with the kind of love that humbly walks with God, seeks out justice, and extends kindness to all.  This is what God requires.  Micah reminds us of this not to shame us, because the truth is we all miss the mark.  None of us are perfect and we all struggle with this.  But although we might not be perfect, we can still try.  And with God’s grace we can grow to love more deeply so that justice, kindness, and a humble walk with God become more and more how we live.  So how today, or this week, or this month will you live your faith?  How will you seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?  Faith is about what we do with what we believe.

-Pastor Chelsea Constant

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