This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called “The Beautiful Way,” a four-part exploration of the way Jesus calls us to live. And the whole month is going to center on just ONE verse from the book of the prophet Micah:
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
I remember singing these words in one of the first songs I learned in church choir. I bet you’ve learned a version of it yourself, have worn it on a t-shirt, or have hung it on a wall somewhere. In the coming weeks, we’ll break down what it means to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. But in our haste to get to the beautiful words, let’s not skip past the really surprising part.
Does God require something of us?
Doesn’t Jesus’ death and resurrection mean that we have an amazing grace that frees us of obligations? Isn’t God in the business of loving us no matter what? If we are saved by grace, how can we be required to do anything?
This is another one of those scary news/good news situations. The scary news is that we are God’s people and, as such, God requires things of us. But the good news of the gospel is that whatever God requires of us, God’s grace will empower us to accomplish.
Listen in to hear more about how beautiful it is to live this way.