As Ones Who Do Justly, Love Mercy, And Walk Humbly With God
When taking on any new task, it is good to know the cost and requirements up front. If you apply for a new job, you’ll want to see the job description. I have been asked to serve on various boards, and I always want to know upfront what is expected of me.
But what would that look like if we asked, “What are the requirements of being part of God’s Kingdom?” Thanks to the Book of Micah in the Old Testament, we are given some pretty clear parameters: “…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). For God’s church to fulfill its mission and calling, we know what is required—we make things right in this world through acts of justice, we lovingly engage in acts of kindness, and we do this all with an attitude of humility.
In fact, these three actions form the “primary colors” of what it takes to bring beauty to this world. In elementary school, we learned that the three primary colors are red, blue, and green. All beautiful colors come from these three. The three primary actions that can bring beauty to all of creation are doing justice, loving others through kindness, and a life of humility. Mixed together, these actions bring beauty to the world through God’s love.
In his book, The Colors of Hope, author Richard Dahlstrom writes: “In this world where daily we hear voices competing for our loyalties and the investment of our time, money, and emotions, it’s profoundly encouraging to know that God has boiled it down. God made it simple…justice, mercy, intimacy with him.” As God gathers us for mission, God sends us out to fulfill his calling of justice, mercy, and humility.
Query for Reflection
How can my life bring beauty to the world today through a simple act of kindness?
Consider volunteering outside your meeting, giving time to a community ministry (jail, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc.) or a non-profit group. Call today to find out the requirements.
God, give me a humble heart so I may live kindly and do the right thing.