“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)
I have been questioning God’s plan for my ministry. What is it that God wants me to do? How should I be using my gifts? Where will my talents do the most for the Kingdom? What kind of sacrifice do you want Lord?
I discovered that I was asking the wrong questions. Others have asked similar questions. ““With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”” (Micah 6:6–7, ESV)
The answer is clear. The giving is not what is most important. The gifts, talents, and relationships are all secondary. God is clear about His expectations. In my day to day existence, I am to seek justice, kindness, and to be a humble servant of my God. “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)
Instead of worrying about what book, blog, video or class I will create next, I need to focus my thoughts on the things that are of first concern to God. God is not opposed to books or blogs, but that is not what He seeks from me. He wants me to focus on three things.
I pray along with Jesus, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, ESV). God’s kingdom is just, right, honest and fair. God’s kingdom is a rule of integrity. When I truly seek God’s kingdom here on earth, I choose to be a person of integrity and do all I can to encourage others to live a just and righteous life also.
I am to love kindness. I am even called to wear it. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12, ESV). Some of the definitions of kindness include being friendly, generous, ethical, showing consideration for others and being considerate. I wonder if others think I am wearing these qualities consistently.
Walk Humbly God
To walk humbly with God means that I remember I am a creature and that God is the Creator. Francis Schaeffer discussed this kind of humility throughout his book, True Spirituality. He states that the correct response for a creature before his Creator is one of trust, thanksgiving, obedience, and faith. To walk humbly before God is not as much about what I am doing, but the attitude I have while I am doing it.
I am sure God has called me to minister using my gifts and talents. God had called His people to sacrifice too. But He wanted them to keep first things first. I am learning that I must order my life in a way that justice, kindness, and humility before God are my first priorities. God will direct the other things as I first honor Him by obedience to these truths.