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July 26, 2013

Text: “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.” Micah 6:8

To answer the question immediately: Yes, you are responsible to God! Whatever your status with God is presently (Christian, not a Christian), you have to answer to him. “For we must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what he is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil,” II Corinthians 5:10

What is your responsibility quotient? That is, how does your performance of your duty to God stack up? This is not a test where you are assessed on a one to 100 scale. God is not going to grade you on a curve. Your performance of the will of God is based upon your life, whether you were obedient or not.

So you ask, “What is it that God wants me to do?” Our text begins with just that question: “With what shall I come before the Lord…?” He gives some possible answers: burnt offerings of calves or thousands of rams, with a flood of oil to be offered, even offering a child on the altar? The answer is “No!” Although these are religious actions, these lavish sacrifices will not assuage the guilt of disobedience.

Your next question will be: “How do I learn what God wants me to do?” Micah gives us our answer: “He has told you, O man what is good: and what does the Lord require of you…” Micah 6:8a God himself has disclosed what we are to do to please him in his word. It is up to each of us to seek it there. Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…And they will be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” John 6:44-45

God has an answer for what he wants of his children. The plan is rooted in the atoning sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” I Peter 2:24a The plan is plain. (1) God has made his son the atonement for our sins. John 3:36 (2) We must live sacrificial lives of purity and obedience. “…but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…” I Peter 1:15 a (ESV)

Now Micah states the Lord’s requirements for men to please him. He does not elaborate; he just gets to the nitty gritty.

First, do justice. That is, to obey the laws that God has given man. Be blameless in your conduct before God, and in your interaction with men. Look in God’s word for specifics. Practice them constantly

Second,  love kindness. This is simply to love your neighbor. Try to help make his way through life easier. Offer support, comfort, and aid to all you meet. Jesus said that love of neighbor one of the two greatest commandments. (Matthew 22:34-40) Paul enumerates some specifics concerning behavior toward neighbors and says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:8-10

Lastly, and to walk humbly with your God.  Remember who you are and who God is. Purge pride from your heart. Give up yourself, and let Jesus order your steps. Submit to the Master and obey him alone.

That is what God requires of you.


NOTE: I apologize for not publishing my blog articles last week. My computer lost the drivers for internet connection and was in the shop for several days. It is now repaired and I shall plod ahead.

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