Requirements

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

Micah 6:6-7


God has been good, and we long to worship Him. How do we praise the Lord? What does He require?

We can make sacrifices. We can fast, we can give up television, we can even take vows of celibacy or poverty. These can honor Him.

We can give Him things. We can build a prayer garden to encourage ourselves and others to commune with the Lord. We can give Him money to help support missionaries and the poor. This can certainly honor Him.

We can make promises. "God, You've done so much for me, I'm going to raise my children to follow You." That's a good promise.


He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8


God doesn't need your sacrifice, promises you can't keep, and money you don't even own in the first place. He wants you. He wants your life, what you do, who you are.

Because He's given you Himself.

God's requirement is that you respond to His goodness and sacrifice and grace toward you with your whole life - your actions, your emotions, and your character.

Over the next three days I'll be unpacking what it means to respond to God with our whole lives. God knew I needed a reminder because I opened my Bible blindly yesterday, and it fell to this passage. Maybe you need a reminder, too. If so, stay tuned, and I hope you will be challenged and encouraged.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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