The LORD has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God. Micah 6:8 (NCV)
What I Want
Do you know what I want? I’m not sure what you have in mind. I do know many things that you want from me. What have you heard? What have I told you? What have I shown you? You have told and shown me that you want me to do what is right, I know that without a doubt. What does that mean? Well, if I have the conviction that you do or don’t want me to do something and I do the opposite, that would be a sin. Not doing what you ask of me is not pleasing to you. Doing what you have told me not to do is also not pleasing to you. Following and obeying you is what you want from me. That is true. What motivates you to follow and obey me? Why do you want to do what is right? I want to do what is right and follow and obey you because I love you. My love for you causes me to not only follow and obey you but to also look for ways to please you. That is the desire of my heart and mind and life. That is very good.
How will you know if you are doing what is right? I will live as you lived. I will do what you did. I will think and speak and act like you. I will love like you loved. I will give like you gave. I will treat others to the same kindness and mercy and love that I have received from you. I can’t go wrong by patterning my life after yours. No, you cannot. I will follow your example. That will be very good.
How will you live before me? How will you live before others? How will you live as my witness in the world? What will be your attitude? I will live humbly before you. I will live humbly before others. You did not come into this world to be served. To the contrary, you took on the form of a servant. You did not insist on rights or privileges for yourself. You lived to serve your Heavenly Father. You lived to serve the needs of mankind. You gave your all. You held nothing in reserve. You lived with no regrets. You made no retreats. You kept on moving forward with your Heavenly Father to go where He guided you to do what He asked of you. That is the same kind of life I want to live before you and others so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That will be very good.
Lord, I will do what is right. I will follow your example. I will do what you have asked of me. I will be kind to others in thought, word, and deed. I will show mercy just as you have shown mercy to me. I will live humbly as I love, follow, serve and obey you. Amen
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