This is my third & final post answering the question, “What exactly does God want from me anyways?”
“…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD
The third requirement is actually a challenge to live in humility, faith and fellowship with God.
Leslie Allen says it implies a dedicated lifestyle that is in constant remembrance of God’s “grace in the past and of His will for the present, and a readiness to be guided by Him in all life’s ventures.”*
It involves offering God the one thing He truly desires: your heart, its love and its obedience.
What exactly does God want from you?
#1 — He wants you to care about other people (social justice).
#2 — He wants you to love mercy.
#3 — He wants you to walk in humble faith.
Before you discount these as Old Testament concepts, consider Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees:
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things” Matthew 23:23 NLT (emphasis mine).
Any time your Christianity is encapsulated solely in religious practices (church attendance, tithing, volunteering at church, singing worship songs, attending Sunday School, etc.) you are missing the point. According to Jesus, you should continue in those things, but not neglect the more important matters of justice, mercy and faith.
Don’t be a hypocrite!
Do you see a pattern? Can you find other verses that fit?