The Simple Life

A pastor friend of mine has included me on his email list for his weekly devotionals.  The following is a reprint of his Wednesday, August 11, 2010 devotional.  I share it with his permission.  May you be as enriched by his writing as I have been.

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“He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” – Micah 6:8

It has been said that the Word of God is deep enough for a theologian to drown in, yet shallow enough for a babe to wade in.  And it might rightly be said that there are different “levels” of understanding in God’s Word.  But those things which disciples of Christ need to know to honor and serve Him are not hidden.  There is a simplicity in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 11:3) available to every child of God.  Though sometimes deep, the Christian’s walk in the Lord should not be complicated, rather it ought to be simple.

Here in Micah 6:8 we find three basic elements of godly living.  It says in our verse that God has showed us what He requires of us.  God’s will has been made clear.  There aren’t those few who have rightly discerned the will of God, while the rest of us remain lost and confused.  No.  As the Lord’s people, He has graciously lighted our path so that we might be lead into the plain view of righteousness.

First, we are to do justly.  Our actions, our words, and even the motives of our heart, are to be driven by God’s sense of justice.  Christians ought to consider their ways – asking, “Am I acting justly?”  Do we treat, speak, and think justly one with the other?  Or are there impure, unjust, sinful, and selfish reasons why we do the things we do?

We are to love mercy.  Remember dear sinner, if you are found in Christ, you have been shown vast, boundless mercy.  Therefore, show mercy unto others.  Defer to your fellow man that the love of mercy might be brightly displayed in your own life as a testimony to having received mercy.  Always view your relationships with others through the lens of God’s mercy toward you.

Finally, our verse tells us we are called to walk humbly with our God.  What does it mean to walk humbly with God?  I think it means to always bear in mind our comparative vileness, and unworthiness to the Lord in all our ways.  It is to have the ever present notion before us, “But by the grace of God I go”, that God owes me nothing, and it is but by His grace I live.  Nothing but a continuous spirit of humility will suffice in our walk with God.  Pride has no place in the heart of a converted man.  Our simple, yet high calling, requires much more.  Amen

In Christ; Pastor David

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About kainosktisis

I am a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my life's greatest ambition is to follow Him for the rest of my life.
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