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Friday, April 19, 2024

What the Lord Wants

Micah 6: 6-8

“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.”

We struggle to please God.  What does the Lord want?  Should we give him a clean, well groomed church?  Should we increase our giving?  Should we build a multi-purpose building?  Should we put in new carpet?  Should we start a new program?  Should we develop a new web site?  

The Israelites struggled with these same questions.  And the prophet Micah said (to paraphrase him), what the Lord wants first and foremost is a change in your hearts.  He wants you to be transformed into a new creation.   He wants you to live motivated by love; to become a child of God and to walk with Him daily.

And once this happens, everything else will fall into place.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier

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