“No, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: To do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
We live in a culture where we try to impress people. We give so others can see. We pray so others can hear our impressive prayers, or we fast with the wrong motives or intentions. Famous American, Will Rogers said it this way: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned…to buy things they don’t want…to impress people they don’t like.” You see, we often become more concerned with impressing people than we are with honoring and obeying God.
In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus was referring to the Pharisees. I encourage you to read this story. The Pharisees were the law keepers and “religious” leaders in that culture. They were all about being seen. They were all about making an impression. They loved the limelight. Giving to the poor, giving their offerings, saying their prayers and fasting so everyone around them could see it. They wanted the attention solely on them. They even brought with them men who would blow a horn to announce what they were doing. They wanted to be seen and noticed—and Jesus called them out for it.
So, what does God require? What is it that He truly seeks?
Here it is…
- To do what is right!
- To love mercy!
- To walk humbly with God!
That’s it! God is more concerned about our Character and Conduct. Our ‘Character’ defines who we are and our ‘Conduct’ defines what we do.
God is not waiting to hear us blow our own horn—He sees everything in secret. He simply wants us to do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. He will take care of everything else.
Listen closely; God will not love you any more today than He does right at this very moment. He simply wants you to abide with Him.
Oh, and leave the horn at home.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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