Live Justly, Be Merciful, Walk Humbly.
I went to service at the Vineyard church tonight, for the second Sunday in a row after having moved to Syracuse. The message was the same message that I had heard last night at another location of the same church, but it is a message that rang very true to me!
I love the truth that is being taught in this message; that we are called to more than just sitting around, but as children of God we are called to be active! We are born to serve others, born again into a love that extends beyond ourselves as the love of our Father and Savior flows through us at full force to meet the needs of those who are without.
As I was sitting in the chair, listening to the pastor teach this message; just one part of a series that I very thankfully arrived just in time to see the start of, I couldn’t help but think of the scripture in the Book of Micah (6:8)
I particularly love that verse, because it gives us an outline of what our heavenly Father has called us to do and to be!
“He has shown, o man, what is good,” it says, immediately stating the path and the direction that God points us toward, “and what does the Lord require of you? To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God!”
There are many other scriptures that would back this up, biblical and spiritual truths that point us in a direction in which our conduct aligns with the will and the purpose of God, but I have always been drawn to this scripture in particular!
It is so full of Truth and power! This is it, the answer to all of our questions and all of our wondering! We spend so much time saying “God what do you want for me in this life,” searching for His will for us in this life, and He very plainly gives us the answer!
“Act justly,” He said! Do what is right!
“Love mercy,” which is to be kind, tender-hearted, and generous, because mercy in its essence spares need!
“Walk humbly with your God,” don’t trust in your own opinion or depend on your own strength, but trust in the Lord and let His Spirit be your guide! Let His Word dictate your steps, and not your own desires; obey Him.
It is a beautiful and an awe inspiring truth, that empties us of ourselves, and fills us with the overwhelming presence and power of God!
He loves to see His children living their lives in such a way that they are not bound by the world, nor by the things or the ways of the world, but so that they are a light in the darkness; meeting the needs of others where needs are apparent, and sustaining those who cannot sustain themselves! Living lives of forgiveness, never holding on to bitterness and grudges, but extending the hand of Mercy even when others do us wrong!
The love of God is a love of action, a sacrificial love that never falters and never fails! It is power in us, and mercy and kindness through us! It sustains us and sets us free! It releases us from the bondage of the flesh and of the world, from the corruption of sin, and opens us up to the power and the majesty and the glory of God!
I love this verse because it is a very clear call to action! “Stand up, you who call yourselves the children of God, stand up and let your faith urge you into action!” it says! Do these things, because He has shown you that this is His will, and because Christ has done these for you!
We’re not called, born again, into weakness and confusion! But the God of the universe, Who became flesh and suffered death, and then rose again, has imbued you with power! It is your Birthright in Him, your inheritance because of the love and the action of Christ! It is meant to flow outward through us, a Wellspring of life and of love; ever increasing and making us more and more like Him! We are created, born again in His image!
As it says in COLOSSIANS 3:1-3, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not Earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
I reference those verses quite frequently, but the Word of God is relevant in all circumstances, and this verse is a testament to who we are! We are His! No longer do we belong to our own desires or to ourselves in any way, but we belong to God and we are His through Christ; Who gave His life so that by dying to this world, and to our old ways, we might be alive in Him!
Another verse that also speaks this truth so clearly, GALATIANS 2:20, “I I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me! The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me!”
Not only did Christ give Himself for us, He sent His Spirit to us; to live in us and to guide us, to urge us forward in action because of faith, and to be the power and the wisdom of God in us!
Beloved, I urge you to seek His truth and to learn to understand the power of God which, because of Christ Jesus has become effective in you! Live in love! Be kind, gentle, and generous because He was these things for us and is now these things in us!
The love of our heavenly Father is a powerful thing and, not only so, He also gives us the incredible opportunity to be His love in this world! The righteousness of God lived out, with intent and intensity before those who do not know Him and those who are in need!
It is on us to hear His Word, and not only to hear it but to do it! To live our lives as He has called us to live them! We are created to live a life that is full of love and kindness, overflowing with the power and the glory of our Father!
I pray that this post blesses you, and that you will hear His call to action! It is who He created us to be, and the truth that we are born again into!
Have a great night! God bless you all!