3/5/2000 11:00 AM
What is God interested in - religious activity? Many people would think so. God showed us what was good and "religiousness" wasn't part of it. He wasn't please with that. Christ showed them what God required. He wants our life to be lived for his purposes. God wants us to do more than just live it on Sunday. He wants us to live close to him every day of the week. We need to give our life to him.
This is a picture of a just man. This is a good citizen, not oppressive, pays his debts, doesn't take advantage of others, has an interest and compassion in the needs of others, doesn't expect interest back on the loan, not a respecter of persons. If we claim to serve God, this description should be applied to us. "To love mercy..."
James 2:12, 13
A "just" man might be judgmental, but there is a need for mercy. We need to be merciful to others in hard situations. It was GOD who brought us to where we are, after all. God has called us to be merciful and forgiving. We don't approve of sin, but we need to be compassionate and merciful to those who are in sin. If we show mercy, we will have mercy from God. Have humility and walk with God.
1 Peter 5:6, 7
Recognize the power and might of God. Cast all your care on him, for this is true humility, true dependence on him. It is the recognition that "I can't do it without God." We count on him that we might live right and just. It's a life of dependence on God, a life of humble trust. "When I am weak, then am I strong." Our strength is in depending on God. We need a consistent, humble walk with God.
The "come out" message has been around since Christ. He wanted them to think of what they had "come out" to. It is not the law or religiousness, but to Mount Zion and all that accompanies it. These are not only moral people, but they love God and mercy. We don't want to just be accepted by man, but we want to be accepted first and foremost by God. Our spirits can be made perfect. We can be a people dependent on God. Reach out in mercy. It is a spiritual walk that we have with God.