Required

January 10, 2018

Things may be different now, considering it was over 20 years ago when I was in the first rounds of college life; however, I am fairly certain that some level of requirement still exists.  I remember letting an advisor know what I would like to major in, and then I received a paper showing me the classes I had to take to accomplish the end result.  Even those classes had pre-requisites—classes that had to be taken to take them.

 

I like to be given a formula, a specific plan that will guarantee the result I want.  Now, when it comes to the Lord and knowing what He wants, it seems that formulas live to elude me.  However, tucked sweetly in Micah is a comforting verse that leaves us with no excuse—we can know exactly what the Lord wants.

 

“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.”

 

He gave us the pre-requisite to please Him!!  Now, the requirement is not just to know this verse and be able to quote it.  No, we have to live it.  We must concentrate on acting justly—treating others fairly, in righteousness.  Always doing what is right.  We must love mercy—rather than being quick to judge others and condemn them.  Always extending the same mercy that we have received.  We must walk humbly with our God—not in haughtiness and pride.  Always ready to obey what He says…knowing that He is God, and we are not.

 

Of course, this is not a quick-fix formula:  do this one thing, and you will be set forever.  If you are looking for a quick fix spiritually, keep looking.  I have learned that this race is a marathon, not a sprint.  It is daily doing what’s right.  It is daily dying to yourself.  It is daily drawing nearer to Him. 

 

He laid it out in simple terms what He requires of us.  The beautiful part is that as you begin to daily flesh out these requirements, you realize that you are actually seeing Christ’s character come alive in you.  He is just.  He is merciful.  He is the picture of humility.  The Father requires us to be like Christ.  We cannot do it on our own…let’s let Him live through us.

 

Lord, I want to fulfill everything You have planned for me.  I want Your perfect will to be accomplished in my life.  If You could type me up a list, that would be awesome…but that would take the faith part away from it.  I choose to trust You and allow You to live through me each day.  Knowing that if I please You one day at a time, I will have pleased You at the end.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 

Scripture:

Micah 6:8

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