“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
What does the Lord require of you? To do just, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
One of the most amazing requirements God has placed upon us ( His people, the ‘born again’) is that we become the righteous of God, fully conforming to His ethical and moral standards. Since God is holy, His will is that we become holy. God cannot allow sin in His presence. You and I were born into sin, so we cannot be righteous in our natural state, for our natural state is sin. Where there is no law, no government and no power, there is a natural state. The natural state of mankind is war, (sin); seeking to destroy, or seeking to be destroyed.
God is so gracious that He solves this problem by sending His only Son, Jesus. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved,” John 3:16-17.
Jesus never sinned, but became sin and the sacrificial Lamb for all mankind. He is the fulfillment of all sacrifices offered to God through faith. “For He hath made Him to be sin or sin offering for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Corinthians 5:2.
When we are saved by faith in Christ, God makes us righteous as we become perfected through obedience to His word and the direction of the Holy Spirit. This is why we don’t live based on what is acceptable; we live on what is right because we are the righteous of God.
In Micah 6:8, the prophet answered the question to the children of Israel: Will God accept our sacrifices and our religious rituals? The Lord is not requiring your burnt offerings (sacrifices), thousands of rams, or 10 thousands of rivers of oil. Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? This is not what God is looking for.
God requires changed lives. He wants His people to be fair, just, merciful, and humble. “God wants us to become living sacrifices, Holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service,” Romans 12:1.
We try all kinds of ways to please God. God has made His wishes clear. In your efforts to please God, examine your life. Don’t just do things to try and please Him or to have Him to leave you alone and let you live your life. The Israelites thought that if we offer sacrifices unto God, He will leave us alone. God is not going to abandon His chosen people. We are the ones who will abandon God.
The Prophet reminds them that what God requires is that you be fair, just, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
You will have a great awakening, and a divine encounter with the spirit of God. God is requiring you to live today.