There is a phrase that I can’t escape as I head into 2013 “Do the simple things”.
He has told you, O man, what is good;and what does the Lord require of youbut to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
This verse is one of the reasons we chose to call our second son Micah. (+ we liked the character Micah in Heroes)
My interpretation of the verse: – Here is what God wants from you
Do the right thing, be honest, no ifs, no buts just do it.
The instruction ‘to do justice’ in this verse is found in the wider context of Micah rebuking the people for trading with dishonest scales verse 11 says “Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” I am challenged by this exhortation to consider my ‘weights and scales’.
What do I consider an honest day’s work?
Do I provide good value for the salary I am paid?
Today, will I be trading more than my fair share of effort and ability or is my employer likely to be the recipient of a ‘false weight’
Check out some further thoughts on this in ‘Why Work?’
Love others, pretty soon you will love loving others.
The instruction to love others is possibly the most repeated in the New Testament. Here in Micah we find the command to love loyally, to show steadfast love, to love kindness.
In 2013 what am I doing to express love for others, specifically am I answering Paul’s exhortation that I MUST work hard to help those in need. Read more about this at “A final message from the pastor”
Walk closely with God and He will show you who He really is, and who you really are.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:1-3
Our walk, the day by day, action and response, coming and going ought to be in appropriate response to the call of God. The starting point is humility. When we walk with God we discover humility, we discover the natural position of a servant before his master, of a creature before the creator. We discover the truth that we are created in the image of God and have been called to worship the living God as those who are loved and who love in return.