Micah 6:6-8 (NKJV) 6 With what shall I come before the Lord, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Many people are simply going through the motions of performing rituals and the liturgy and the rites of religion. But God wants more than empty religious acts. God wants a relationship with us. And God has given us His Son Jesus Christ that through Him we might draw near to God. But many of us has made religion all about following laws, regulations and commands. These have become more important than a relationship with God. Take for instance the Sabbath. Many Christians observes the Sabbath. And there is nothing wrong with it. But some are dogmatic about it. Saying that it was Jesus’ commandment that we keep the Sabbath. And to them the day on which we worship God has become more important than a relationship with God. They quote John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Before, we continue, let me say this, I love my brothers and sisters in Christ who observers a Sabbat rest. There is nothing wrong with it. Although, the Sabbath was given specifically to the children of Israel (see Exodus 31:16-17), not the New Testament believers, meaning Christians. God gave the Sabbath specifically to the children of Israel so that they will remember how they were slaves in Egypt and how the LORD delivered them out of bondage (see Deuteronomy 5:15). Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul said this about the Sabbat, “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5 NKJV). As Christians we have the liberty to observe a Sabbath rest if we decide to. There is nothing wrong with it. Likewise, there is nothing wrong for Christians not to observe a Sabbath rest. Because it was given specifically to the children of Israel. And we are not under the law, rather we are under grace (see Romans 6:14). Ideally, we as Christians should worship God every day, not only on Saturday or Sunday. Why? Because we should be in constant communion or fellowship with God. For that is how we are able to do all things for God, grow closer to Christ, submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, and maintain a relationship with God. God has given us the righteousness of Christ. By scarifying His only begotten Son for the payment of our sins. Through the shed blood of Jesus, God has reconciled us to Himself. And God was pleased, and He raised His Son from the grave on the third day. And what does God want in return? Not another sacrifice that is for sure, because Jesus paid it all. Nothing more needs to be done. Nothing more needs to be added for our salvation. It is finished. God simply wants us to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him. My friend, God wants a relationship with us.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.