Let’s cut to the chase and get down to the bottom of the barrel of it all. I don’t know about you, but I want to know the few simple things God wants from me in this life. Like honestly, what matters to God? What does God care about at the end of it all? What is 'good' to God?
Think about that for a second. What is 'good' to God?
And when we find that out, how can we measure ourselves if we are truly living within God’s goodness. Well, we can thank the prophet Micah who boiled it all down to 3 simple realities.
"The Lord has told you, human, what is good;
he has told you what he wants from you:
to do what is right to other people,
love being kind to others,
and live humbly, obeying your God"
- Micah 6:8 New Century Version (NCV)
Did you see that?
Did you see those three simple ways we need to always focus on in our lives? Let’s look a little closer; you don’t want to miss this.What’s good to God?
1. Do the Right thing.
"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."
Do what is right for others or as Jesus would say “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). More specifically, YOU do what is right. That’s what God wants us to take ownership of when it comes to ourselves. God is looking at whether you will do the right thing. Don’t worry about other people. You do the right thing. I recently saw a sign that relayed this point in saying “Right is right even if no one is doing it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it”. You need to do the right thing when it comes to the way you handle situations and circumstances.
"No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy . . ."
Now to our second vital reality to live out every day. Our relationships with other people.
2. Show compassion to others.
"He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Savior is unmerciful to himself."
What does that mean? What is Mercy? Mercy has been defined as “not getting what you do deserve.” What Micah is saying is that we need to have compassion for other people, especially when they make mistakes, reveal failures, or bring letdowns. When we are given the opportunities to be merciful to other people, this is what God desires. Why? Because we expect God to be merciful to us. Jesus said something along these lines when He said, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). And that brings us to our final and simple relationship to focus upon.
3. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
"But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously."
- Micah 6:8, The Message (MSG)
Our last relationship Micah focuses on is your relationship with God. God wants us to follow his directions, receive his wisdom, and spend time with him in humility. What is humility? Humility is a posture or a position of the heart and mind. It means to lift and honor God above yourself.
"Do you think the devil is impressed by anyone's Bible knowledge or degree-certificates? Not at all. Satan fears only holy, humble men and women who know God."
In your heart, you surrender to controlling your life and controlling other people. It is demonstrated by accepting that you do not know everything and therefore look to God for guidance. Don't take yourself too seriously, take God seriously. When we do this, we will find God working to help us learn to be merciful to others as He has and will continue to be to us and for us to personally do what is right in His eyes.
This is what matters. This is what is 'good' to God.
It will be good for you too.