Pastor Keith's message this morning centered around the concept that we sometimes make life more complicated than it is. And we make our walk with God more difficult than He intended it to be.
The scripture lesson was Micah 6:1 - 8.
1. Our walk with God shouldn't be a burden. Sometimes we make it difficult by placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. "How have I burdened you?" (v.3)
2. Our walk with God should be freeing. (v.4) The Israelites had been freed physically from Egypt, but they were still enslaved mentally. Are we spiritually freed, but still mentally enslaved? Perhaps still wanting the "joy" of the world instead of a freeing walk with God?
3. Our walk with God does have requirements. We cannot earn salvation. It is a gift of God. But our walk with God requires us to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord." (v.8) Salvation is free, but we must put one foot in front of the other and keep moving, even as Israel had to exercise movement to obtain freedom.
A. Acting justly is to be truthful, honest and sincere.
B. To love mercy is to show kindness above expectations of compassion and love. Mercy is compassion in action. It is not about giving of possessions, but about giving of oneself.
C. To walk humbly before God is to recognize the sufficiency of God and the insufficiency of self. Literal meaning: Bow low to walk with God.