“What is God’s will for my life?” That has been a question I’ve asked myself over and over again, especially when I was younger and thinking about what college I should go to, what job I should pursue, who I should marry and where I should live. And if I’m honest, I still, from time to time, ask God, “Is this still what you have for my life?”
I think we all do that in some form throughout our lives. We want confirmation we are on the right track. We’d love to have an audible voice telling us, “Yes Angela, go to that college. Yes, pursue that degree. Yes, marry that guy.”
And while God might not give us the exact answers to those questions, He does clearly share with us His will for our lives in black and white.
We see His will in Micah 6:8.
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
I find it interesting the first thing listed in our “to-do” list is justice. God wants us to pursue justice for those who can not pursue it for themselves. Our God’s heart goes out to the fatherless and the widows and ours should too. Our hearts should break for what breaks His. Those who bear His name should speak up for those who can not. The powerless. The poor. The castaways. The oppressed.
Another mark of a believer should be our loving kindness. We are the ones who go the extra mile. The ones who see the good in others. We overflow with love for others because our love does not come from ourselves but from God. We are loving because He is loving. We are kind because God is kind. We reflect our father in how we treat others.
Our view of ourselves also reflects our Father. We are humble because Jesus was humble. We remember all good things in our lives come from Him and not us….and we are marked with gratitude, not pride because of these blessings. And because of our gratitude for what Christ did on our behalf, we long to help others see the hope Christ has for them, too.
So God’s will for each of our lives is to wake up to the fact God hates oppression and wants His children to be agents of change in this world. We have been saved for a greater purpose outside of ourselves. There is a greater story, His story, that He wants each of us to participate in. He wants us to play vital roles of releasing the “captives” whether that is helping end the ever-growing sex slave industry, helping provide better jobs and opportunities to those who need a second chance, saving the precious lives of the unborn, or being His loving hands of grace, redemption, and mercy in our homes.
God’s will for each of our lives is to live out Micah 6:8, so let’s rise up and be the change God requires of us.
May it first start with us…
Love God Greatly!
Challenge: What steps can you make this week to begin living out Micah 6:8? Is there any injustice that is dwelling in your life? God fights for the oppressed and we should too.