Life Changing Act of Worship
The words of our song and prayers and our tithes mean nothing compared to the changing of our attitudes and our hearts. Our worship must always be motivated by gratitude and motivate us into a living faith.
Don't be sorry for what we do, be different!
At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.
If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow), if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering, if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate, then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket. For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
This begs the question; how am I acting different than the Pharisee?
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
These are serious requirements for God's people. However, these are not what's required for us to become saved. They're required of us afterwe're saved.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Let's take a closer look at the requirements of Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, 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?
Act Justly:At the core of God's heart are those who are treated with injustice and the suffering. We ourselves have a sense of justice and feel outrage at those who cheat or get away with crime.
Love Mercy:Jesus said that those who show mercy, receive mercy. "...those who are so affected by the sufferings of others as to be disposed to alleviate them. Nowhere do we imitate God more than in showing mercy. In nothing does God delight more than in the exercise of mercy." --Albert Barnes
Walk Humbly With Your God:Our acts must be done with the attitude of being second to God.
"The great fault in our mission is that no one likes to be second."
-- Robert Morrison
"The world has yet to see what could happen if everyone lost the desire to get the glory. Wouldn't it be a marvelous place if nobody cared who got the credit."
-- Oswald Sanders
It's easy to ignore the pain and suffering of others. But us becoming numb won't make their suffering disappear. We have been adopted by God in His family forever. Should we not be like Him? Isn't this how He acts and aren't we supposed to do likewise?
Are you a passive worshipped or an active one?
What area of injustice is God laying on your heart that you know you need to take a strong stand against? What area of discontent strikes you? How we act is what defines us as a child of God. Committing to doing something about it means you need to commit to pray first and ask for what the next steps are.
What will you do now in your area of influence to show mercy to others? Will you allow God to move you and be open to His calling?
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