Thinking I had completed my article for August, God reminded me that it really wasn’t what He wanted me to write about. I was concerned about meeting my self imposed deadline. Once again I had to be reminded. It is not about me but all about God. I write what He wants me to write, nothing more nothing less!
New International Version (NIV)
6 With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Your alarm goes off. Coffee is ready. You prepare for another day! Does this sound too familiar. Maybe your morning rituals are a little different but the endgame is the same. You want to put on your best.
We’ve all been told to put our best foot forward. But sometimes I must admit I can have two left feet. So which foot is my best?
According to Micah 6:8, we are required to act justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with God but can you truly say this is what you are doing?
I read a passage from Our Daily Bread entitled The Good Life. The author wrote about a man named Roy who died and at his funeral the people spoke of his kindness, selfless giving, humility, and gentle compassion. He was, for many, a visible expression of God’s unconditional love. Can people say this of you now? What is your visible expression? If God loves us unconditionally then why do we place conditions on showing our love to others?
Is your visible expression that of anger, sadness, greed, pride, hate, impatience and no compassion? What about at the gas station? Are you smiling or are you grumbling like everyone around you?
Take a long look in the proverbial mirror next time you get in a disagreement with someone. What will you see? What will they see?
God has given all of us a unique task for His glory. God has specifically chosen you to be His arms, legs, feet, mouth, and eyes. Our visible expression should reflect all of God’s characteristics.
Exodus 35:30-35 New Living Translation:
30 Then Moses told the people of Israel, “The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 32 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 33 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft. 34 And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others. 35 The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers.
Summing it all up:
The Lord has chosen you, filled you and given you special skills. Be that visible expression of God’s unconditional love!
Michelle Duggar of the 19 Kids and Counting series was asked why she always appeared to have so much joy?
J is for Jesus
O is for others
Y is for yourself
If you operate in this order putting Jesus first, Others next and Yourself last you will always have JOY!
The Our Daily Bread article concluded with the following verse:
Let us be Christ’s true disciples
Looking to another’s need;
Making stony pathways smoother
By a gentle word or deed. -Thorson