One of the biggest questions I hear in Christian circles is that of what is God’s will for my life. What is God’s plans and purposes for my life. God what do you want me to do? And these questions should never be taken lightly. The prophet Micah gives us a great insight as to what God’s will for our lives is. He gives us a good framework in which we can truly continue to build upon a life that is pleasing to God.
Mic 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?
God’s will is that we will be people who do justice. We will practice justice. And we will temper our justice with kindness. We are to be people who love kindness. It can often appear when Christians talk about justice…all measure of kindness is thrown out the window. Or there is the other extreme where we believe kindness means no justice. Finally the prophet Micah is told to walk in humility with God.
The prophet is speaking into a society that considered its self God’s people. Yet the society was lead by a government and religious leaders who created a society of corruption, injustice and a lack of compassion for the poor, orphans, widows, refugee and the broken within their community. The rich became richer while hold distain for the poor.
God rallies and rises up a prophet to speak to the Hebrew people, to speak to their rulers – calling them to change – or they would bring destruction upon their nation. And of course we read through the scriptures that they didn’t listen and destruction and captivity was the result.
Skip forward a few hundred years and we see Jesus working within the frame work of justice, kindness and humility. He goes to the broken and down trodden within society. He eats, drinks and shares his life with the sinners and tax collectors. he hugs, touches and embraces the lepers of society. He shows them compassion and tells them that they are forgiven and that God is once again in their midst.
My question to you is this – are you willing to live a life that is in accordance with God’s will; one that does justice, loves kindness and walks in humility!