Walking with God

Posted Feb 24, 2020

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Daily Scripture

Micah 6:6-8

6 With what should I approach the Lord
        and bow down before God on high?
   Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings,
        with year-old calves?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
        with many torrents of oil?
   Should I give my oldest child for my crime;
        the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit?
8 He has told you, human one, what is good and
        what the Lord requires from you:
            to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

Romans 6:1-4

1 So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? 2 Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? 3 Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore, we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life

Reflection Questions

The prophet Micah lived at a time when Israel was practicing ceremonial religion and “conspicuous consumption” side-by-side. On God’s behalf, he urged a change of course. Pious rituals, he said, are no substitute for simply treating people justly. The apostle Paul said baptism identifies us, includes us in Jesus’ death. He carried on the metaphor—as Jesus was raised from the dead, so our baptism means that now we can “walk in newness of life.”

  • In what ways do your culture and community fall short of doing justice, embracing faithful love and walking humbly with God? Scholar Gary Smith wrote, “Micah’s delineation of God’s requirements is noteworthy insofar as it includes no negative statements about what is forbidden to the Israelites. It presents a positive case of what God thinks is best for humankind.”* How can you actively move yourself, your family, your workplace and your community toward what God thinks is best for humans in not only words but in actions?
  • To some who said, “Let’s continue sinning so that grace can multiply,” Paul replied that we only truly accept God’s grace as we “die” to our old way of living. Our baptism, he said, is the acted-out symbol in which we show that we’re serious about that. What are your ongoing areas of struggle? In what ways have you seen Christ’s gift of new life break the ruling power of sin in your life? (If you’ve never been baptized, but want to be, you can find information at cor.org/baptism.)

Prayer

Lord Jesus, my goal is to walk humbly with you. Lead and guide me into the newness of life that you died and rose again to offer me. Amen.


* Gary V. Smith, The NIV Application Commentary: Hosea, Amos, Micah. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001, p. 555.

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Ashley Morgan Kirk

Ashley Morgan Kirk

Ashley is the High School Pastor at rezlife Leawood. After seven years of higher ed in religion, she finally understands that she can't figure out God (no matter how hard she tries). She’s leaning into the challenge to move from a thinking-based faith to loving God with both her head and heart.

So often I catch myself thinking a certain way about how I need to approach God. Like, when I pray, I should do it in the holiest of mindsets or settings. In my head, an ideal prayer life has always looked like praying multiple times a day in a quiet, intentional, hands clasped posture. Or, even better, praying often in a cute little chapel I casually drop by before or after work. Or, when I think about serving, I paint this picture in my head of big actions, like traveling across the nation or even the world to really make a difference. Turns out, thinking this way is way more ideal than it is real. I have a feeling I’m not alone in my ideal versions of what it looks like to follow God. There’s an every-dayness, ordinary realness that gets lost in this kind of faith.

A year or so ago, a little book took the world by storm called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” “Aspirational items” are some of the things it describes to get rid of while tidying up--things we don’t use but still keep. We all have them, and we all hold onto them because they fit an ideal (but often unrealistic) version of our lives. I think the concept translates well to faith.

My “aspirational” mindset about faith practices is something I like to hold onto, but really need to get rid of. The Micah passage today reminds me that immaculate (or ideal) measures to worship God aren’t required. What is required is “humbly walking” to do justice and embrace faithful love. When I get stuck thinking my practices need to be elevated in order for true worship, God says in Micah “humbly walking” is what’s most important. Praying as I get ready in the morning or while I walk between place to place is much more ordinary and realistic, and it doesn’t make it less holy. I’m thankful for the reminder today that God doesn’t require immaculate acts of worship, or my “aspirational” or “ideal” version of faith, but the real and ordinary walk of everyday.

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