“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8 ESV)
We might substitute tithes, Bible studies, worship attendance, mission trips in place of burnt offerings in this passage. The author’s point is not to say that these things are bad, but that they are not the evidences of a heart that pleases Him. That evidence is the way we live. Do we live in a way that shows love and concern for our neighbors? Is our faith reflected in our everyday living, in the way we do business, the way we treat our brothers, the way we show compassion on the poor?