"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 (ESV)
School is back. I remember it seemed like every year, when I was a kid, our first assignment when we returned from school was to write an essay called, "How I spent my summer vacation." I also remember that I hated that assignment.
For one, I almost never spent my summer as well as I had hoped to before it began. There were always things that I thought I would do that I never get around to doing and some things that I wished I hadn't done. So to chronicle my failure was not exactly the first item on my agenda for the new school year.
The second reason I hated writing the essay was that it delayed us from looking forward to the school year. I was one of the weird kids who actually enjoyed school and therefore liked it when summer was over. I literally would map out my year and set goals about the grades I wanted to earn; so my question was always, "What are the requirements for this class?" or, "What do I have to do to earn the best grade possible?" And the essay always pushed the answers to my questions to at least the next day.
I wonder how many of us are looking at our summer and asking if we spent it well. Traditionally, the summer is a time for vacation and sometimes, unfortunately, that vacation can often be from God. We get busy trying to relax and we lose our grip on the closeness we feel with God when we are regularly spending a quiet time with Him. And when we lose that focus, our attention to God will suffer and our world can sometimes feel as though it is caving in a bit.
Unfortunately, we cannot do much about time in the past that was not so well spent; but we can do a lot about the time we have ahead of us. God's Word challenges us in Micah 6:8 to remember that God's requirements are for us to live life at the highest level possible. There are three things listed to help us see exactly what it takes to pass the test of life:
1. Do Justice
2. Love Kindness
3. Walk Humbly with God
Basically God expects us, as His people, to be agents of justice to those who are oppressed; and to get fired up about the proliferation of kindness in our world; and to be known as those who walk humbly; in other words, those who elevate God and others. In these things, we find God's version of success, and we make a maximum impact to those around us.
Would you pray today that God will use you to bring justice into the life of someone else, perfom an act of kindness on someone's behalf, and elevate others around you as you elevate your devotion to God? Do these things, and you will be a straight "A" student in the Kingdom of God.
Posted on Wed, August 17, 2011
by John Hill