“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Scripture: Micah 6:6-8
Jesus amplifies the prophet Micah’s words several times in the book of Matthew.
In the Sermon on the Mount he says: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
In giving us the Great Commandment Jesus says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Later, Jesus goes on to say: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
Then people ask him when did they do all this. And Jesus replies: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Listen to God, who might say something like this today:
“I demand integrity from my disciples. You cannot walk humbly with me and walk in arrogance with your brothers and sisters. You cannot be a saint in prayer and a tyrant in your job or with your family.
I have given you many things that I intend you to use for the good of those in need around you.
The quality of your human relationships shows the true quality of your relationship with me.
If you are truly walking with me, I bring you face to face with the needs of my other children.
As you treat them, so you treat me.” (Prayer from Sailboat Church:Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice, by Joan S. Gray)
This Lent, you are invited to reflect on your journey with God. How are you walking with God?
Who do you see along your journey?
Devotional by Martha Shepard & Vicki Freutel