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
Jesus performed the most inconvenient act of human history – dying on a cross. His death serves as our source of hope and life. Yet, Jesus didn’t offer up His life in order for us to settle for a convenient life.
We are called to reflect Christ in everything we do, including having a willingness to lay down our life, our agenda, our schedule, our comfort and our convenience for the benefit of others. We are charged with being His hands and feet in a mad world. Nothing destroys the control comfort has on our life like serving and loving others. Our faith strengthens when we see God working through us to make an impact.
God has made a way for us to be complete, both satisfied and secure, but the path requires us to humble ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him. Our life in Him begins when we stop living for ourselves. The cross doesn’t become convenient, it becomes personal.
The antidote to pride, selfish ambition and vain conceit is the act of humility and sacrifice. Humility takes root in our hearts when we lay down our need for comfort and convenience and submit our ways before Him. In God’s economy, humility is the very path to greatness. When we realize God loves us, we are compelled to die to ourselves and regard others instead. We are free to live the life we have been given.
Meaning, purpose, and joy will define our days. By giving ourselves away, we gain so much more. God stretches us and molds us into His image. It is odd to think that these interactions with others are just as much about God forming us than it is about giving hope to others or addressing the issues the world faces. The active sharing of our life, our faith, and our mission are precisely how we gain a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ (Philemon 1:6).
If we delight in the Lord, Scripture promises God will give us the desires of our heart. By understanding these desires, we can more confidently determine God’s plan for our life. God fills us with the knowledge of His will so we might live a life worthy of God and bear fruit in everything we do.
We begin to see the call “to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with God” not as a onetime decision, but a purposeful intent that sets our gaze and directs our path. Clarity in regards to God’s will increases with every obedient step we take.
Where are you settling for convenience over calling?
What situations are you facing where you need to display courage and faith?
God, help me to extend mercy and to speak up when I see injustices. Let the foundation of my faith fuel the way I respond to the world around me. Rather than pursuing my agenda, I desire to make a difference in this world for Your glory. Give me the strength to not settle for a convenient life, but actively pursue one built on courage. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.