Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What God Requires of Me

"With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Micah 6:6-8 NIV

The question is, "What does the Lord require of you?" It's a bottom-line question, really. In the area of faith, that means it's a profound question.

The answer is what you'd expect from God--any god, really. He wants you. Not your stuff. Not your money. Not your prayers. Not your offerings. Not your sacrifices. Not even your first-born son.

He wants you. All of you.

By you he means he wants all of your life--your allegiance. Total surrender.

And this is what he wants from you once you've surrendered your life to him:

"To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." With him. Relationally.

It's simple, really. Beautiful. Profound. Personal.

There isn't anything more valuable that you could give than yourself. Which would be fitting since that's what he gave you. Himself. His life. At the cross.

What is God saying to you today?

What are you going to do about it?