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?