I wonder what we would answer if someone asked us, what does God require of His children.
Some might answer that He asks us to do great acts of service, or to give to the poor, or to pursue acts of devotion like prayer and fasting, or even to sacrifice our lives.
In Micah 6:8 the prophet Micah reminds the people of God’s answer to this exact question. Listen to what he said;
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
What this verse reminds us of, is that God is more interested in why we do what we do than what we do. That is not to say He doesn’t care what we do, He does. But remember, the Pharisees gave money to get praise from men; they had no praise from God. Jesus reminds us that some pray just to be seen by men; they are not heard by God.
What is profound about the answer provided by Micah 6:8 is that it goes to the heart of why we do the things we do. We need to live all of life from the perspective of living justly, of loving mercy, and of walking humbly with our God.
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