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"Keeping It Simple"

February 7, 2006

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What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Albert Einstein once said, "You have never mastered something until you can say it simply." Whether you are talking about physics, sports, or the Christian faith, there is a lot of truth in his statement.

So try it out! Say simply, in 20 words or fewer, what it means to you to live a Christian life. It's difficult, isn't it? We describe it with so many things -- praying, reading devotions, witnessing, worshiping, serving others, and the like. Things get complicated when we add society- or church-made rules calling for fasting, doing penances, or observing Sunday "blue laws."

But God did not intend for Christian living to become confusing or unduly burdensome. The words of Micah 6:8 are refreshingly simple -- do what is just or fair, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

If you are not sure where to begin, start at the cross. There is no better setting for seeing these words in action than in Christ's suffering and death for our salvation. In Jesus' life and teaching one sees justice, mercy, and humility in glorious simplicity. Faith in His work of reconciliation enables us to follow in His footsteps.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to simplify my walk with You in a way that brings joy to my heart and glory to Your name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Exodus 1-3    Matthew 24:1-28

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