passage comes from the prophet Micah, chapter six, verse 8.
“He has showed
you, O man, what is good. And does the lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your
are a lot of things in the Bible that discusses what it means to
be a Christian. It ranges from the Ten Commandments to The
Sermon on the Mount. But I like this one the most because it’s
three simple things rather than a list of 10 things, or even 3
chapters worth of things. Not to say those aren’t important, no
Before I go
on, I looked up Micah to learn some more about the guy and I
found out that the name Micah means “one who is like God”. Go
figure that this is the one who preaches what the Lord requires
first part of this verse is “act justly”, or as I more easily
remember it as, “do justice”. It’s a pretty simple concept. Do
justice, do good. It’s easy to say, but it’s pretty hard in
practice, actually. How often do you stop to help pick up
something that someone dropped? I know I don’t do it very often,
but I still do it every now and again. And you know that person
is going to appreciate your kindness. I just happened to read a
story about a new game that came out recently. A 13 year old boy
bought the new game, and some jerk just up and stole it from
him. No one went to try and catch him, but one man saw it happen
and talked to boy. He said to hold his spot in line. The man
went and talked to other people about the boy’s situation and he
was able to get a couple bucks from everyone. He got enough
money to buy the boy another copy. The boy was ecstatic and he
asked the man if he needed anything in return. The man answered
“Young man… I just hope one day you’ll do something equally nice
for someone”. Now if that’s not doing justice, I don’t know what
is. You’re not looking for a reward or anything. You’re just
doing what’s right. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Obviously there’s more to it than just picking something up for
someone or buying a game for a kid, but let’s not get ahead of
Now on to the
second part of Micah’s preaching. He says to “love mercy”. Let’s
simplify it again and say “have mercy” or “be merciful”. . . Why
can’t we do this more often? Simplifying the Bible is so nice.
Anyways, back to being merciful. It’s another hard one. Are you
sensing a theme here? Good. I group this part with other things
like “love your enemy” and “turn the other cheek”. Because if
you have mercy, you’re obviously going to be loving your enemy.
So you’ve just happened to happened to come across some juicy
information about someone you just really loathe. But, you
decide to say “whatever” to it and just toss it out of your
brain instead of spreading it around. It’s just not worth it. Or
another example of showing mercy, if you will: The Ducks beating
the Cardinals, but not too badly.
And now for
the final part: Walking humbly with God. Hm, not much I can do
with that to make things easier. This one is definitely a doosey.
Actually, no it’s not. I’m pretty sure if you do the things I’ve
already discussed, this one will come very easy to you. Walking
with God just means being a servant, and doing those things is
exactly what you need to do. So how about I give an example of
not walking with God. Before we began planning for Youth Sunday,
we watched a video about a guy who went out and tried to preach
on the street about how we’re all going to Hell and all that fun
stuff. We all know that guy, right? He had the pamphlets and
megaphone and everything. Yeah, don’t be that guy. And as we
were watching, I was thinking: “Wow, those guys really annoy me.
No one wants to hear about Hell and stuff, man, come on. This
isn’t the Puritan age anymore. We’re better than that.” That man
is certainly not walking humbly with God. In fact, I’d say it’s
sprinting full speed towards a wall with God. Except God is off
to the side watching and God is just saying “Dude, what are you
And it’s not
to say these are the only things you need to follow to be a
quality Christian. No no, like I mentioned, there are tons of
things. Like the Ten Commandments. You know, “thou shalt not
steal”, “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
neighbor”, “thou shalt have no other gods before me”, and for
all the youth, “honor thy mother and father”, and so on. And
there’s the Sermon on the Mount, with the Beatitudes and such.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”,
“blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy”, and
“blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of
God.” It’s not quite saying “be this”, but you get the point.
And that point? Doing justice, having mercy, and walking humbly
with your God.
Viles -- coming soon!