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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What Does God Require of You?

I don't know how it went at your school, but I went to a Christian school, and we always had an assembly on the first day of school to review the rules. Seriously, they'd read through the rule book. Then they'd split the guys and the girls and tell us about our dress codes, modesty and so forth. (Not sure what they told the guys, because I of course was in the girl's session.) It wasn't really fun, and it got very repetitive, especially since I heard it from kindergarden to the 12th grade.
Anyway, after the assembly, we were all given a rule book of our own. We were to sign the first page along with our parents (our parents were supposed to read it first, but I doubt they ever did.) Then we were to turn it in (if we didn't turn it in, we got demerits, that was one of the rules!) That way if any of us ever did anything, they could take us to the rule, then to our signature where we agreed to follow that rule. It was pretty cut and dry, though there were plenty of people who tried to get around it.
I read a verse this morning that made me think about those days back in school. Though it's been six years, I could probably quote that rule book to this day. It got into my head after a while, and I'm still hate walking onto my old high school campus in jeans, scared that someone's gonna give me a dress code.
Check out Micah 6:8, "8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Just like I was shown year by year what was expected of me in school, God has shown us what He expects of us in His Word. When we become Christians, we have signed on to be a follower of Christ.
This verse puts out there plainly. He wants us to do justly. The definition of just says that one is consistent in doing what is morally right or righteous. If you've seen the Chronicles of Narnia, you know at the end that Edmund is called King Edmund the Just. Now we all know that he was not "just" through the entire movie.
That's where the "love mercy" part comes in. See, God knows that by nature men are not just. We must have come to Him and ask His forgiveness of our sins. We must depend on His mercy. That's why we should love mercy. Because mercy is what saved us. Just as Aslan's mercy saved Edmund's life. Jesus' mercy saved ours.
My brother sings a song called "Mercy Said No." Here's a line from it: "When life and death stood face to face, and darkness tried to steal my heart away, Thank You, Jesus. Mercy said no."
We all deserved death, but through Jesus' sacrafice, we all have a way to life.
So because of God's mercy, we should all strive to walk humbly before Him. There is no other way to walk before Him. I mean think of it. He is an awesome, holy God. Yet He loved us enough to send His Son to save us. The very thought of it humbles me.
The very thought that a perfect God sent His perfect Son to die for an imperfect world. A world that didn't even recognize Him. It just blows me away. That's why I'm striving to do just what this verse says. I want to be just. I do love His mercy, and I want to walk humbly with God every day of my life. What about you?

12 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Kelly Klepfer said...

Thanks, Heather.

And just so you don't wonder if The Rules were just for Christian school - my kids first day of public school each year is spent going from class to class and going over the rules in each class.

I don't think it makes a huge difference. Without the heart of Christ - rules are just something to twist and turn and spit on.

 
At 12:06 PM, Blogger GiBee said...

My sister in law sends her daughter to a Christian school that has uniforms... and one of the teachers was asking her and another mom what they thought of them. The other mom said that she thought it might be too strict, and that some parents might not be able to afford the sweater with the logo on it, or the "correct" socks and belt that goes with the uniform.

The teacher informed her that the principal said that when parents have a problem with the uniform, it's really a problem with their heart.

WHAAAA????? Some people really CANT afford private school tuition AND the "correct" socks and belt that you MUST get from the uniform place.

I told my sister-in-law that this principal needed to be reminded about mercy and grace -- and if God were to be so strict with us when it came to rules, surely we would all go to hell, and not to heaven!

Oh, well... just a bit of whining.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Boy, I'm not looking forward to when Snuggle Bug starts school and we have to worry about appropriate clothing! :) We have a few years to go!

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Hi there,
I found your blog because we both visit Diane's inspiring blog.

I think it's important to know WHY we have rules. Kids, heck adults need to have a purpose to respond to rules and you hit the nail on the head when you realize that God is the reason. His Word instructs us how to live our lives, determining what rules we are to follow.

Life is confusing without rules. We all need them but when we realize why we have them, then it becomes easier to follow them.

Nice blog!

take care,
-Lisa
www.lifeaccordingtolisa.blogspot.com

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger Yellow Mama said...

Heather,

Thank goodness for his mercies. Anyone who operates under legalism is missing out on the freshness of His mercies. I agree with you, I want to please Him because of His great love for me. But I do know, if He had not extended to me His compassion and mercy...well, there is no doubt I would probably be dead. This is a neat verse. I love the song that comes from this verse.

Lam 3:22-23 [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

You go girl!

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Yellow Mama said...

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At 7:12 PM, Blogger Yellow Mama said...

Heather,

Just a side note to your comment to me. Beeeee choosey. Let God do the choosing. I was 28 when I got married and he came along when I quit looking. Then at 34 we had our first little girl, our second at 37 and our last at 46. Enjoy the journey...and wait for God's best...it's worth it

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

yHeather, I am just blown away sometimes of your post. Really great one today and I really needed to read it.

Now on a different comment, only 6 years out of school??? I feel so old....May 23rd I think it was will make 18 years out of high school for me. Yikes, I can't believe it's been 18 years!!!

Ok now back to the regularly scheduled posting.....

Have a great day and I'm so glad I found your blog. You always write what I need to read! Have a great day!

 
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