What God Asks of Us

Recently I have been thinking about the plans that God has for our lives and how they all work out. So today I thought I would share some verses I came across about what God asks of us and calls us to:

To be forgiving: “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13

To live with honor: “If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8

To live with and show mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

To do what is right, love mercy and be humble: “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

To pursue righteousness and unfailing love: “Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.” Proverbs 21:21

To be a servant: “‘The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.'” Matthew 23:11-12

The things God has called us to and asked of us aren’t things we have to do alone, nor can we, they all require that we work with others to make it happen. This week I encourage you to choose one of the things God has called you to and make it a part of your life.  God doesn’t ask us to do or be things without a reason, I pray that He reveals some of that to you as you work with Him this week.

Remembering to be Thankful

Each of our days is filled with many obligations, opportunities and even some obstacles.  It’s really a blessing to have days that are so full, hopefully full of good company and good times.  We’re truly living in a blessed time and are fortunate to have so many resources at our disposal.  Even those of us around the world with very little have more than people did hundreds of years ago.  I’m thankful to be living now because more people are becoming conscience of the world in which we live and in caring for it and ourselves more carefully.  And yet we can get wrapped up in everything and forget.  Micah 6:3-4 says:

“[God says,] “My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery.””

Sometimes we can forget the good stuff we have, even when things are going well.  I’m sure you’ve heard it said that when things are going wrong you should count your blessings.  But the same holds true for the times that things are going well too.  Each and every day should be a day of thanksgiving.  The celebration of Thanksgiving Day every November in the USA, and in other months around the world, is a day for us all to come together and share our thanks.  But each day is a day to be thankful in our own personal lives. The challenge for some of us is remembering to be thankful.

In Micah 6:3-4 God reminds the people of Israel that they do have much to be thankful for.  We always have things that come up in our lives and fill our days. But busy, full days often mean we forget things, like taking time to be thankful.  Which is why we need to have gratitude practices like journaling, meditation or prayer in our lives on a daily basis.  I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for, share your thoughts in the comments.

Inspirations from Micah

This week in some of my spiritual/inspiring reading I have been the book of Micah in the Bible.  It’s a relatively small book in the Old Testament, but it has some bits of wisdom that I have really been inspired by.

Micah 3:8a “But as for me, I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord.” (NLT)

Micah 6:8 “O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (NLT)

Micah 7:7 “As for me, I look to the Lord for help.  I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” (NLT)

We can learn a lot from these 3 brief verses.  First and foremost, from 3:8a, the power we have is given to us by God, our Source.  To be honest, I would much rather have the unlimited power of my Source, God, than my own power.  My power gets tired, weak, doesn’t always stick around, only lasts for so long, needs to be fed, needs to be rested and recharged.  But with God we have this amazing, unlimited, powerful, strong power that we can tap into whenever we are in line with God/Source and His plans for our life.

Micah 6:8 shares some interesting perspective on our lives.  We walk around saying “I have to do..” and “Oh, I’m late for…”  and many people don’t even know what they’re doing in life or why they are doing what they’re doing!  Here Micah shares 3 great tips:  do what is right, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.   As humans if we’re not doing what is right to our fellow human beings, or to the animals around us or to nature and our earth, we’re setting up a big failure for humankind.  To not take care of those and that which supports us, is slowly killing us.  Loving mercy is a not what we typically hear.  Synonyms of mercy include forgiveness and compassion.  Instead of drilling it into someone that they’re wrong, have messed up or have unintentionally hurt you, show some compassion and forgiveness.  Finally, walking humbly with God is hard.  Walking with God is a phrase that is frequently used to describe having a relationship with God.  But to add the dimension of being humble with God, is kind of like saying that you’re letting God lead, instead of you leading God.  It’s about remembering that God is in charge, not you (which actually comes as a relief to me and many others).

Finally Micah 7:7 shares confidence in God.  Life is hard, life does have many rough spots that you will encounter. But Micah assures us that in looking to God for help, God will save us and hear us.  I love the words that he chooses to use: confidently and certainly.  Those are two strong words that aren’t to be thrown around lightly.  It’s hard in this day and age of massive change to be confident or certain of anything, but I have to agree with Micah that those words still apply to God today.