This past week at Third Thursday, we focused in on Micah 6:8:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV)
We can get so bombarded with how we are supposed to be living. From blogs, to books, podcasts and even ESPN you’re going to get information on how to raise your kids, what school to go to, what job to have, how to grow an effective business, how to get a girlfriend or boyfriend, what clothes to wear, how to do your hair, how to be an effective leader, how to vote, who to play on your fantasy team and so much more.
Sometimes the information is so overwhelming it can almost be paralyzing. So much so that we can become great information hoarders, and weak practitioners.
There are so many times in our life when we complicate things so much, and then there are times when we actually think that God makes things more complicated. When in reality, perhaps God does the opposite. In plain words in Micah 6:8 he says, this is God's desire for you: do justice, love kindness, and humbly walk regular relationship with God.
Let’s break those three down:
Walk humbly with God
Its God’s desire that you walk humbly with your God. That you would have a regular humble dependent relationship with the one who made you. Sounds kind of similar to what we see in Genesis 1 as Adam and Eve walk with God in the garden. He desires this because he’s made you for it. Its beautiful that even through all the rebellion in our life and throughout history that God still desires relationship with his most treasured creation… you and me. (Matthew 6:33) If we are to love kindness and mercy, and do justice, it begins with a humble relationship with God himself.
- How does it make you feel that creator of the universe who knows every single thing about you desires relationship with you one where you walk with Him?
- What does it look like for you to have a humble relationship with God?
As you walk humbly in relationship with God, he desires that you would love kindness. That our hearts would be transformed from bitterness, gossip, slander and hate to those filled with kindness.
That the kindness of God which has been lavished on you would lead to a soft heart which breaks and grieves over the things in our own lives that break the heart of God. Its His kindness that leads us to repentance. Got doesn’t want you to just have kindness in your own heart though he wants that kindness to break through into this dark world.
We cannot truly say we love kindness without kindness also flowing out of our life. Kindness does not stay still or dormant, it grows, infects, and enacts change. The only kindness that does this though comes from the One who is kind, God himself.
- What gets in the way of you loving kindness?
- How might your life look when you’re loving kindness?
Its his desire that we walk humbly with him, that we love kindness, and that we do justice. “That we do justice” - so that involves me doing something? I thought this Christianity thing was just about me and God and me going to church on Sunday right?
We’ve been blessed to be a blessing. Part of the characteristics of God's people is that they pursue justice. What we see God call his people to in regards to justice is taking care of those in whom injustice has been inflicted. Especially the sojourner (alien, traveler, foreigner, illegal immigrant, refugee, homeless.), the Orphan those without fathers and mothers, widows, and the poor. (Psalm 146:9; Deuteronomy 10:18-20; Jeremiah 7:5-7; Exodus 22:21-27; Galatians 2:10).
These are the most vulnerable in society, and God calls his people to be a people of justice, not for justice sake, but because we are part of God's Kingdom. In his Kingdom justice dwells. The broken are made whole, the wanderer finds a home, the fatherless/motherless find fathers/mothers and family, the widow is taken care of, and none had any need (Acts 2:42-47).
- Why do you think God desires that you would do justice?
- What does it look like for you to do justice/what gets in the way of you doing justice?
I hope the Lord stirs your heart today and that Holy Spirit would empower us to walk humbly with our God, love, experience, and display kindness, and do Justice in the name of Jesus.