What Does God Require of You?

“No. He has told you, mortals, what is good in His sight.
    What else does the Eternal ask of you
But to live justly and to love kindness
    and to walk with your True God in all humility?” (Micah 6:8, The Voice).

A lot of people spend lots of time wondering what God wants from them. They pray and fast and read the Bible in search of God’s will for their lives.

I think a good place to start is this verse in Micah. What does God require of you? John Thomas, quest speaker at Kairos, mentioned three things based on this passage.

  1. Live justly toward the poor and needy. That includes widows, orphans, refugees, outcast, and strangers. Note: it does not say to see whether they measure up to certain qualifications and prove deserving of our aid. It says to live out justice and kindness toward them.
  2. Love mercy by showing God’s ultimate example of mercy in Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. That means evangelism. That means sharing your faith and living out what you believe.
  3. Walk humbly with your God, following in His steps and always ready to listen to what He says to you.  Never get too busy doing that you neglect being with God and learning to tune your life to His voice.

I think I was more convicted by this than I’ve been by anything in a while. If I live in the middle of affluence and plenty and see the need around me while doing nothing about it, I’m in direct disobedience to what God requires of me.

I also can’t help but think that if we start turning away refugees, will we look back and see that we turned away Jesus in disguise because He looked too much like an Islamic terrorist? Will we renege on our duty to care for the least of these because of fear?

Let God’s love be stronger than any fear as we learn how to live out a little more each day what God requires of us.

 

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