With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:6-8
Father’s Day is nigh upon us…just a little less than two weeks away. It is not too early to start thinking about what (for most of us) is the most difficult gift of the whole year to find. What in the world will you give him for Father’s Day? He is so very difficult to buy for! Whenever he needs something, he just goes and gets it…what could I possibly get him that he doesn’t already have? A tie? Did I give him that last year? Did I really give him a tie last year!? How cliche is that!? I am so embarrassed.
This passage out of Micah got me thinking about God and what He really wants from His church (from His bride) and what we could possibly give Him, and I wondered…What do you give the God Who has everything?
Some would answer we should give Him our very best gathered worship…excellence in music, in preaching, in communion, in corporate prayer…that we should give Him a truly amazing gathered worship expression week after week. They might cite Psalm 22:3 (our God inhabits praise).
Others would answer the church should give Him our broken Spirits and contrite hearts…that what …
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
I am pretty excited about a new series of posts I am starting for the Summer. I do not yet know how long the series will be, so no commitments along those lines, but I have a feeling the well of material for this series runs pretty deep. I will be writing about things I have learned about the church…from my Dad.
Some of you know my Dad. He blogs over at www.kencoffee.com. He recently marked the end of his 60th year in vocational ministry (read about that here). He has pastored and served on various church staffs over the course of that 60 years, but probably made his deepest and widest mark on the kingdom (so far, anyway) as a denominational leader/worker. Growing up in his shadow, it still seems to me that, no matter how many people know about me and my ministry, I will still be known by most of them as Ken Coffee’s son. And you know what? That is OK with me. 🙂
With Father’s Day coming up, I have decided to honor my Father in a special way. For the last few months, I have been working (off and on) compiling a list of things I have learned from Dad. This list was originally supposed to be a Christmas present to him, but it wasn’t ready. So now it is becoming a Father’s Day present…one that will last throughout the Summer, because the list is long. There are things about family and things about cars and things about vacations and things about finances and things about work and things about sports and things about, well, just about everything. …