Thursday, 28 December 2017

What does God require?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Micah 6.8

A lot of people make religion and terrible chore. We add dos and don’ts and rules and regulations and sacraments and all sorts of religious activities and think man has found a way to placate God. Do this and you are godly, don’t do that and you are godly.

The word of God has a whole different way of describing the godly behave. It is not bright lights and loud noises and flashy living. It is not being embroiled in every debate that the world rages about. It is not trying to solve every problem the world deals with. It is not to fix politics no matter the cost.

The things Micah talks about are not the be all and end all. It is a nice summary describing how God wants His people to live. Micah puts it well.

Do justly
Love mercy
Walk humbly with God

That all sounds so simple and so lovely and it makes a lovely t-shirt, but how do we do when it comes to living it? Think about when we go shopping or go to work or get into a difficult situation or we get angry or whatever. Do people see us as just and merciful and humble in those times?

It is all part of shining our light in this dark world. It is part of making a difference. It is part of pointing people to our just and merciful and humble Saviour.

It is all about Christlikeness. 

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