The Greatest Thought

Listen to what the Lord is saying: ‘Stand up and state your case against me. Let the mountains and hills be called to witness your complaints. And now, O mountains, listen to the Lord’s complaint! He has a case against his people. He will bring charges against Israel. O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me! For I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from slavery. I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you. Don’t you remember, my people, how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead? And remember your journey from Acacia Grove to Gilgal, when I, the Lord, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness.’  What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No. O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”  —  Micah 6:1-8

At a dinner party, Daniel Webster was once seated next to a talkative woman who took the opportunity to ask him what he considered the greatest thought that ever came to his mind. She expected that the famous statesman would begin to talk about some theory of government or to suggest some new law that he would like to see passed by Congress.

But Webster surprised the lady and the rest of the dinner party by responding simply, “The greatest thought my mind has ever pondered is that of my individual responsibility to God.” He knew that one day he would answer to God. The dinner party could only sit quietly.

No more important question comes to anyone than that of his relationship to his Creator. When everything is said and done, that is the only eternal issue.

Do you believe that God has a plan for the universe He has made, and for each person whom He has placed upon the earth? Then you have a sacred obligation to discover that plan and carry it out. That is your individual responsibility to God. It cannot happen without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is that a reality in your life? Now, that is the greatest thought your heart and mind could ever entertain!

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