There may be times in our lives when we just throw our arms up in the air, shake our heads and feel absolutely confused and confounded about what God wants from us.
Maybe we’ve gotten to this point of bewilderment because we strayed from God for a period of time. Or we chose to put God on a shelf. And now, when we feel the Spirit tugging on our hearts to call us back home – back into a real, intimate and committed walk with Jesus – we’re a little defensive and stubborn as we ask, “What do you want from me, God?”
Maybe we’ve gotten to this point of bewilderment because of all the hurt and hardship we’ve been going through, which has become absolutely unbearable and burdensome beyond what we could ever have imagined. And now, when we feel the Spirit tugging on our hearts to call us to keep trusting Jesus, even in our pain, we just feel it is too much, and we ask God, “What more could you possibly want from me, God?”
Maybe we’ve gotten to this point of bewilderment because of all the pressures and pulls, distractions and disruptions from so many sources – our families, our work, our school, our social life, our social networking, our church. And now, when we feel the Spirit tugging on our hearts to call us to rest our souls and reset our priorities, we respond with a bit of indignation, and we ask God, “What do you expect me to give up in order to do something for you, God?”
No matter what our circumstances are – no matter whether we have walked away from our relationship with Jesus or we have been overwhelmed by the hard times in our lives or we have been too busy to keep our relationship with Jesus as our first priority – our God lets us know what He wants from each of us.
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
All that the Lord requires of us, all that the Lord wants from us, is actually a blessing for us.
When we act justly, our hearts are filled with purpose. Acting justly means we reach out to people with respect, recognizing and validating their worth as fellow image-bearers of God. This can be done in such simple everyday ways. Other times, we may be called to act justly by giving our voice, our time, our energy and our finances to help secure justice for some of the least, the last and the lost of this world. Acting justly brings us into deeper intimacy with God, puts our burdens into perspective and places our priorities into God’s eternal realm.
When we love mercy, our hearts are set free from every shred of victimhood and every selfish desire for vindication. As we love mercy, we offer true forgiveness to all who have hurt us. We begin to understand the breadth, length, height and depth of the love of Jesus and the price He paid for the forgiveness of our sins. As we love mercy, we love God, we love others and we love ourselves – God’s greatest commandment of all. (Mark 12:30-31)
When we walk humbly with our God, our hearts are filled with awe that we, who are frail, flawed and finite, have even been invited by the Sovereign Lord of all eternity to walk with Him! We have been invited to walk with, to live with, our God in an intimate, freeing and soul-refreshing relationship! Our God just wants us to do it humbly.