I was invited to speak today at a luncheon at a church member’s workplace. Folks have been inspired by the Life @ Work sermon series that has been going on the past few weeks at Seacoast, and they want to share some of that with co-workers. One of the things Maria asked me to hit on was "Your Worth at Work", so I’m spinning off of that a little to share something that’s been meaningful to me.
When it’s all said and done, what really makes ___________________ worthwhile? Whatever is in that blank, what makes it worth doing, or worth doing well? I get reminded over and over that it’s my interaction with others that is the most meaningful part of anything I do. So I took this time to parse through Micah 6:8 – "… and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (nlt).
- To "do what is right" (or "act justly") is to be about doing the right thing for the right reasons. It’s a right motivation towards others, actively trying to do right by them.
- To "love mercy" is to be merciful – we tend to love mercy when we need it, but we generally respond slowly and judgmentally when others have messed up. Again, it’s about interacting or reacting with others in a way that naturally gives the benefit of the doubt.
- To "walk humbly" is to be grounded – not too high, not to depressed, but even-keeled. In relationships, it’s seeking to lift the "other" up, encouraging and challenging and honoring. "Love doesn’t seek its own" is lived out humbly, mercifully and justly with the friends, co-workers and family around us.
- "with your God" – when this phrase is attached to the "walk humbly" part, it’s a statement of our standing with God, before God. But if this idea is used with each of the three active verbs, it now means that our sense of justice and love of mercy and attitude of humility is under-girded and ultimately fed by God. There has to be an outside source, because life doesn’t keep going on totally fair, totally forgiving, totally pride-less. We have to have that real interaction with God in order to live out these "requirements" in a way that’s meaningful and lasting.
After that, I ate some turkey, drank some sweet tea, and enjoyed a wonderfully prepared sweet potato. I was really encouraged, and thankful to Maria and the others for the opportunity to speak and share and hopefully tweak/challenge ever so slightly the common sensibility in us all.