Micah 6-7, Psalm 112
We find one of the Bible’s most famous affirmations of how to live in Micah 6:8. Before we are told what pleases God, we read what is incapable of satisfying God’s righteous demands. It will not be animal sacrifices, or even the sacrifice of a first-born child, of course. For God doesn’t celebrate the mere giving up of valuable possessions. Rather, we are to, “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) God doesn’t desire a set of rote offerings as much as the Lord wants a people that know the difference between justice and mercy, for mercy requires justice. Then we must walk with a desire to demonstrate both. Most importantly, God wants people not to see sacrifices as a convenient way to occasionally get God off their back, but rather that know life is found in living in communion with our God. That means, before we ask the question: “What resources of mine does God want me to share or use for kingdom purposes?”, we should ask the question, “How can I continually live in fellowship with our Lord?” The first question isn’t bad, so long as it follows and demands the first.