I was recently reading in Micah, meditating on the words from Micah 6:8~
"Mankind, he has told each of you what is good, and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God"
This was the theme of the whole book. Can we apply these words, this verse, to everything in our lives? Imagine what this world would look like if all mankind would obey these words and apply them. What would our judicial, government systems look like? What would family look like, our education system, our churches?
Injustice and religion was rampant in the book of Micah just as it is today. They were focused more on religion motions and motives verses true devotion to God. They were focused on following their rules, checking their boxes, and how to advance themselves instead of reflecting godly living.
... but God
They could not understand, many today don't understand that we don't have to strive towards anything but a relationship with Him! We don't have to check the boxes of our "to do's" to earn favor with God. The only checkbox we need to be concerned with is the one Jesus checked on the cross. Check mark! Check mate Satan!
We, like Israel, forget that our favor, our rank, our heritage, our promise, our earnings, our future, our accomplishment, our destiny, our badge, our merit, our identity is only because of the blood of the Messiah.
We can only act just sleep because we have been justified through Christ.
We can only love faithfulness, and mercy because he defined it on the cross.
We can only walk humbly because his footsteps went before us.
We can only be with our God, our loved ones, because Christ joined us to him.
Glory! What a gift! 🎁
The only thing left on our to do list is to treasure how good he is to us. May we never grow tired of checking that box!
So let's do this- every day in your journal or your calendar create only one checkbox and beside it write the words "treasure and meditate upon how good God is to me."
And remember Micah 6:8
I bet our days will be forever changed as we flow in the goodness of God!
Love you bunches!