Date: Monday, July 21
Scripture: Micah 6:6-8
Verse: He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Maybe like me, you have worked for an employer or taken a class from a teacher who never states clear expectations. You hand the teacher your report thinking you have done a wonderful job, but receive a C because you apparently didn’t meet some unstated expectation. You work very hard in one area of your position, only to find out when you get a mediocre annual review that you supervisor would have rather you were working in a different area. Unspoken expectations are very difficult to meet.
The prophet Micah asks a great question about expectations: What does God want from us? Maybe you too have wondered what it means to be a child of God, wondering what is most important in our spiritual journeys. Micah sums in up well. It’s not about what we give to God — even if it was a donation of thousands of dollars, or to make some great personal sacrifice that is of no earthly good. Rather what God longs for from you and me is a life worthy of his name. A life of justice (or we might say compassion), love of others (traditionally translated “kindness”), and humbly walking with God.
What does God want from you who feels you have little to offer? A life well-lived for him, reaching out in justice, love, and service to the world around us. We can all do that.
Prayer: Inspire me, Holy Spirit, to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with God. Amen.
Action: What justice issue — a place where people are being treated unfairly (globally, nationally, or locally) gets your blood boiling? Spend some time researching it in the days ahead. Find a place where God can use you.
Respond: Have you ever struggled to meet unspoken expectations at work, school, or someplace else? How’d it go?
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