What Does the Lord Require?
There is often a sense of nostalgia when quoting Micah 6:8. This is deemed an important ideal for the human spirit, regardless of religious or political persuasion. But let’s unpack this a bit. What are the implications for you and me? What are the expectations of the Lord for us?
The setting is a discussion on what might be pleasing to God. Is it a set of actions that we construct? Will the Lord be pleased with sacrifice? Will He be sufficiently pleased with religious activity, such as going to church, serving others when it is convenient, or giving now and again, or even tithing?
Notice that Micah 6:8 is an action-packed list of expectations—Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. These are all proactive words. They are to be major life initiatives, a focus to live outside of our routine, outside of our comfort zone. The Lord expects that we will stretch—to act justly and show mercy while walking in humility, that is, with no hint of self-importance. These are not occasional activities we can choose to participate in. They are required.
There are plenty of other scriptures where we are asked to be on the offensive to serve others; to pursue skillful living. Here are some from Proverbs 15: commend education, offer knowledge (mentor), put humility before honor, be a listener, heed correction, dialogue with God (pray). This pleases Him.
Take delight in encouraging others; give thoughtful, uplifting responses to others even when you may not feel like it. It costs nothing. Be positive; focus on what you have rather than on what you do not have. Be cheerful.
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Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.
Good words Nelson! Important to remember that the Lord wants to build our character and that trumps our works every time. Heart attitude is the foundation that makes us able to minister properly and bring glory to our Lord!
I think it is a bit harder in today’s world, don’t you?