He has showed you, O man, 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. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
I don’t know where I’d be without your example. What do you mean by that? I wouldn’t know how to live a good life. I wouldn’t know what to think. I wouldn’t know what to say. I wouldn’t know where to go. I know you will never give me a step by step road map for my life. You have given me something far better. You have given me your example to follow. Tell me more about that. Simply by closely observing your life I have a very clear picture of how I want to live my life.
How do you want to live your life? I want to live my life in ways that please you. I want to go where you went. I want to do what you did. Where did I go? What did I do? You lived a humble life. You were not self-sufficient. You were not self-reliant. You were not self-centered. You had a direction. You had purpose. You had a mission. What was my direction. What was my purpose? What was my mission? You wanted to know and do what pleased your Heavenly Father. You didn’t want to do your own thing. You didn’t want to have your own way. You did what your Heavenly Father required of you. What was that? What will be required of you? I will be required to walk in humility. Walking in humility is the only way that I can live a life that is pleasing to God. Walking in humility is the only way that I can live the life I am being called to live. Walking in humility is the example you have set before me. That’s true.
What else will be required of you? What other examples have I set before you? I will be required to act justly. What does that mean? I’m not positive. I know that I won’t be able to walk indifferently past injustice in the world around me anymore. No, you won’t. I’m sure that you will want me to keep my eyes and ears open to you. You will show me how to act justly in the world around me. Yes, I will.
What else will be required of you? What is another example that I have set before you? You have loved me. You have loved me when I was unlovable. You have not given me what I deserve. You have given me what I did not deserve. Instead of judgement you gave me mercy. Instead of condemnation you gave me forgiveness and salvation. Yes, I did. Will you love others as I have loved you? Will you extend to others the same mercy that I have shown to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for showing me what is good. I want to follow your example. I want to live the kind of life that you lived. I will do what you require of me. I will act justly. I will love mercy. I will walk humbly with you in all that I think, say and do as I follow you. Amen
Key Question… When have you allowed the Lord to use you to eliminate injustice in the world around you?
Living It Out… Walk humbly with the Lord so you can act justly and love mercy.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord.
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