This week we will conclude our examination of God’s requirement for the good life, as described through the writings of the prophet Micah:
“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 (NLT)
Beyond doing what is right, just, and fair and extending compassion, kindness and mercy, the concluding part of the passage emphasizes that the effective Christian life is also characterized by genuine humility. When Micah says “walk humbly” he is describing an inward attitude that leads to outward action. The apostle Paul also emphasized the important relationship between inward attitude and genuine humility:
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” –Philippians 2:3-4
According to Bible Reader’s Companion this may be the clearest portrait of “humility” presented in scripture. “It is not a weak man’s surrender, but a strong man’s rejection of selfishness and determination to be actively concerned with the needs and interests of others.”
In our contemporary culture genuine humility is often in short supply and may at times be misinterpreted as weakness. But in God’s capable hands, genuine humility is a powerful source for effective ministry and a life that pleases Him.
This Week’ Quote:
“You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”—Oswald Chambers