From the Pastor’s Desk
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8
There are so many things I have learned about God, myself and our team during this mission trip to Puerto Rico. The question Micah poses in our Scripture is one that we ponder as Christians on a regular basis. What does the Lord require of me? What does he want me to do? Micah’s answer is a deeply theological one. The God we serve is a God who is just and therefore He wants us to do justice. He is a God who loves kindness and therefore we are to be kind. He is One who walks humbly, as we saw in His decision to come into the world in the form of Jesus Christ, and therefore calls us to also walk humbly with Him. We serve a God Who cares for the marginalized, who wants to continuously show His love and who invites us to walk with Him.
Another thing that struck me is that following Jesus is all about passion. Passion for me includes several components. It is not emotionalism or just exuberant enthusiasm. Passion is about a desire to PASS IT ON. Pass what on? Everything! It is the idea that we are given blessings to be a blessing to others. It is the notion that God’s love flows through us onto others. It is the understanding that God expects us to tell others about Jesus. They say actions speak louder than words. When it comes to passion, this is true. I have seen such incredible passion in the hospitality shown to our team by the local church on this trip. I have seen amazing passion as they worship in a space less than half the size of their regular worship space because it is still in shambles. I have seen the passion of church members who served us with an unconditional and humble love, providing the best they had to give. I have witnessed firsthand the passion of a woman named Martha, who went home to put down her dog, visit the doctor for chemotherapy treatment, and then bake a cake because two of our team members were celebrating birthdays on this trip. I have seen the passion of a church unwilling to give up in the face of disaster as they claim victory in the name of Jesus.
We all need passion like Martha’s, a willingness to give of ourselves to one another unconditionally, and a love of the Lord that helps us walk through life holding Jesus’ hand as we serve Him. It is truly amazing to be a part of the body of Christ and to be able to give back to a congregation that has given so much to others. As we near the end of our trip, I realize that I walk away with a new sense of what it means to walk humbly before God.
-By Pastor Miguel