What has grieved God: Worship has become idolatry (Micah 1:1-9)

God’s desire for the whole world – for reconciliation and re-creation and renewal – has to be seen to be believed. So He has always chosen to demonstrate His heartbeat in and through the lives of humans – through Israel as a nation, through the church – but ultimately and most perfectly through Jesus.

So as followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect His life within us. It’s a tough call, and we often get it wrong, but the prize is precious – that people might see something of God’s good news for the whole world.

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  • I was struck by the quote from John Stott that Neil shared: “You can’t blame meat for going rotten. That’s what meat does. You blame the salt for not being there to preserve it”

    It reminded me of a passage we read on our weekend away last week, Hebrews 13:13-15 (Message) “So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.”

    Ultimately salt is no use being kept in a box, but needs to be added to meat etc. to be useful – interaction with other things is when it has purpose.

  • Heather Kass-Iliyya

    The John Stott quote and the message that we are the salt that God is using spoke to me too. I’m definitely guilty of being one of the people ‘tutting’ at the state of the world but need to keep asking myself whether I’m doing enough to try to change things.

    • This is something I’ve been grappling with recently too – how can I get more involved, rather than standing on the sidelines, becoming increasingly frustrated with the way things are?

      I still haven’t fully answered that one yet, but I’m working on it… 😉

  • Steve Hollick

    “What is your biggest complaint about church, this is a marker indicating what you think church is about” What a great thought.