“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” (Micah 6:8, NIV).
I love this verse. What is the good God requires of me? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. When I believe that I have completely met His requirements to act justly and love mercy, then I have failed in His requirement to walk humbly. So to walk humbly I must never believe that I have “arrived” in meeting the other two requirements. Acting justly and loving mercy become offerings of self and heart so that walking humbly with my God may be real.
The moment I feel I have achieved humility is the moment that I become intimate with pride. And that is the moment that acting justly and loving mercy are no longer offered from a selfless heart. They are given because of a selfish need for the offering to be recognized. Christ has shown me what “good” is required by laying aside His life for me. Walking humbly with God is becoming one with Jesus in His suffering. It is acting justly because the love of Jesus has changed me. It is loving the other person more than yourself. It is loving mercy instead of retribution. God requires that my heart be right. When my heart is right with Him....when it is fully surrendered....when it is devoid of self and any pretense, then it is a heart that is humble without realizing it. And that is what God requires. To walk a surrendered life with God without even considering it a surrendered life. I am to act justly and love mercy without “knowing it”. The moment that I “know it” is the moment I have lost a humble heart.
What does God require of me? To act justly. To love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God. He desires for all of these to flow out of a life that is fully surrendered to Him in selfless abandonment.