What God Requires
“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 6:8
For the most part, people like to know what is expected of them whether it is on the job or from some social connection. Most people do not want to work for someone who does not make their expectations clear. When that is the case, there is a sense of confusion, disillusionment, and ultimately disappointment that follows.
I do not believe that the Christian life is any different. We should desire to know what God expects of us in our daily lives. There are a lot of theories out there about what God expects but unfortunately these theories most times lead to frustration. What we need is the real Biblical truth of what God requires.
Micah answers this question very simply in chapter six and verse eight. He lists three things we need to follow do as He requires.
· To do what is right: In other words, we must follow the truth of His Word. The Bible must be the authority of our lives that directs our paths and every aspect of our lives.
· To love mercy: God sent His Son as payment for our sins. God provided mercy and grace at the cross for us. He expects us to live by those same principles in how we treat others. As Amy Carmichael once said: “God not only forgave our sins at Calvary but He also forgot them.” Are we merciful in the same way towards others?
· To walk humbly with our God: The Christian life was never supposed to be about us. John 3:30 declares: “He must become greater, I must become less.” I am convinced that real victory comes in the Christian life when we learn this principle.
It all sounds really simple when you examine what Micah recorded. However, the difficulty comes in living it out. I am convinced that many Christians continue to experience frustration and disappointment in their Christian lives because they have not begun to live out the principles recorded in Micah 6:8.
What about you? Do you ever wonder if there could be more to the Christian life than you are experiencing now? Why not go back to the basics that Micah prescribed?
I pray that we all will seek to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God!