I’m trying a different Bible translation this summer, the New English Translation (NET). The words in some familiar passages are slightly different, but I believe that makes me listen more carefully. I hope you will hear God’s word in new ways!

Our scripture this morning is Micah 6:6-8.

With what should I enter the Lord’s presence? With what should I bow before the sovereign God? Should I enter his presence with burnt offerings, with year-old calves? Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.

God has given us much wisdom regarding how we are to live with Him and each other. It seems there is a lot to remember, but we make it harder than it is. The prophet Micah distilled it into a single statement: promote justice, be faithful, and live obediently before your God.

We know the importance of God’s guidance for us. He has blessed us with the example of our savior, Jesus Christ, who taught us what a life in connection with God can be. He has given us His word through scripture to enlighten us. While we have much to process, God’s message is clear and consistent. Loving Him and one another is the most important thing of all! If we get this right, everything else becomes easier.

We must make the decision to return. God calls us back from our disobedience and self-centered behavior to the relationship for which we were created. If we repent and accept the forgiveness He offers, we can be His people, fulfilling the purpose He has for us. 

Gracious God, we are humbled that You want us to be part of what You are doing in the world and in eternity. Bless us to go in Your name, sharing the Gospel everywhere. Amen.

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