“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
“Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning.”
F. W. Faber (1814-1863), an English minister, in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 363.
Imagine for a moment that you are Micah.
God’s people have gone astray and He gives you this message to deliver. God does not want offerings. He wants His people to treat each other fairly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with Him.
Essentially Micah was to tell the people that God did not need them to do things for Him. He wanted them to follow His design for living. It was to show in their daily interactions with others and in their walk with God.
When we pause to reflect, it becomes clear why God would desire this. He wants His people to present Him to the world through their everyday living, giving, serving, and loving.
And the wise minister, F. W. Faber, reminds us that such behavior will win more people to faith than “zeal, eloquence, or learning.” Remarkable. And, these traits are accessible to everyone.
What’s the lesson for us today related to generosity?
As we enter a season of thankfulness and giving in the USA, let us humbly give the gift of kindness wherever we go in order to win people to faith in Christ with a generous balance of actions and words.