But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously -
take God seriously. (MSG)
Each time I autograph one of my novels, I write not only my name, but also the inscription Micah 6:8. Why? There are three reasons:
- I want the reader to know my books are biblically-themed.
- I hope the unchurched will be curious enough about what this verse contains to open a Bible (maybe for the first time in their lives) and be inspired to read more, and to be led to the Lord.
- Micah 6:8 is my "life verse."
What the prophet is saying here sums up in a nutshell what living the Christian life should look like: Love your neighbor as yourself; show mercy as God has shown you mercy, and most importantly, place God first in your life. And it foreshadows perfectly the lessons Jesus would teach His disciples, lessons which we, as Christians today, still follow. As Jesus reiterated anew: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
Quite simple, isn't it?
Do you have a "life verse"? Please share in the comments.
Prayer: Father, let us remember daily in our hearts and minds the Great Commandments Christ Jesus has given to us. May our words and actions always reflect Your endless love and grace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.