Written by Reid Hildenbrand
Kansas City Fellow – Class of 2016-2017
This past week consisted of a road trip to “Grind City” aka Memphis, TN. It was here we met up with about one hundred other fellows just like us only living in other cities. We didn’t see Elvis, but we did find a massive Bass Pro Shop pyramid.
We left early Friday morning and even before we departed excitement levels were high. We were blasting pump up music
from a car and tossing the football around when the directors drove up with the bus that would be our home for the road trip. The bus ride was filled with everything from inspirational speeches to budget planning. We arrived at the retreat center which was nestled away amidst the outskirts of the city. It was a place away from all the things that often distract us and and a place to have some good quality fun.
The retreat was themed around Micah 6:8 and this passage had an impact on the entire weekend:
“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.”
This passage comes after the kingdom of Judah is asking what they must do to appease God. They go through a list of very difficult and expensive offerings which they think will cover their wrongs. By getting caught up in what they should do it is clear that they are far off from God’s heart.
This weekend could have been all about great food, ultimate Frisbee, crazy hunger games dodge ball, who said it trivia – “Jeremiah or Justin Bieber??” and so much more. But these weren’t the purpose of our retreat, nor were they the object of our road trip. They were unique expressions of how we enjoy spending time together and bond through the love of Jesus Christ. Had we been caught up in the activities we would have missed the rich learning and joy God had prepared for us. Sure, this may seem like an obvious thing not to mix up, but we can do this with anything. The speaker warned about letting our doctrine get in the way of our faith. He said it is important to hold your doctrine open in your hands and let the bible be over it, rebuke it, and correct it. To live out Micah 6:8 we must have a strong sense of sound doctrine and be seeking justice and compassion. An imbalance among these two things is a flawed response to God’s covenant with us.
The good works that come from seeking justice and compassion are so important, just as the pump up music and inspirational speeches are necessary for road trips, as long as they are rooted in the grace of Jesus by which we are able to do these things.