Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
By: Kevin Henson, Church Relations Manager, Compassion International
May 17, 2018
Throughout the ages, earnest Christ followers have longed for a deeper sense that God is moving within their church, community, city and the world. Terms like revival, fresh expression, and awakening have been used to express this deep desire Christians have. But this isn’t isolated to the New Testament church. Laced throughout the Old Testament, and the prophetical books in specific, we see this yearning. “God, please come and save us,” the Hebrews cried from the oppressors in Egypt. “Rescue us from our leaders,” the Israelites begged under the godless reign of many of their kings.
In the OT book of Micah, the prophet is speaking on behalf of the people, on behalf of God, and as accuser of the leaders of the times. In response to the people’s cry for God to act, and their asking God what He wants in return (they offer burnt offerings, calves, LOTS of rams, and even their firstborn!), the Lord simply states three requirements: 1) To act justly, 2) To love mercy, and 3) to walk humbly with their God.
As followers of Christ seeking for God to bring revival to our churches, communities, and city, I sense that the Lord is asking these same three things of us. And it starts with us as pastors and leaders – at the very personal level. Are WE acting justly to those who need justice? Do WE love mercy more than vengeance or what is “right”? Are WE walking humbly with our God each and every day? I’d like to think that I am. I mean, I work for an organization that is laser focused on helping children in difficult circumstance and in hard countries in the name of Jesus. If that isn’t “acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God” I don’t know what is! BUT, am I doing those things personally...all the time...or at least very regularly? Often times as leaders of non-profits or churches, we celebrate that the organization we work for is doing great things around our city and around the world, all the while not really acting on them personally. If we want true revival in our churches, communities, and city (and around the world!), it starts with a look in the proverbial mirror.
Lord, I want more of You, I want all of You. I want to be rescued from the impossible situations I often find myself in. I want to see You break through this difficult world – a world filled with hate, sorrow, and despair. In all my asking, I know You want me to humble myself and follow You. To live out the teachings found only in Your Holy Word. Show me how to love those that are difficult to love. Teach me how to act justly to those who have been stepped over or stepped on. I confess I often rely on my church, Your church, to do that work while You are calling me personally to the plow. May I be the pastor and leader You need to change my community, this great city of Houston, and the world.