walk the walk

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8, NIV)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “walk the walk?” Usually it’s coupled with talk the talk. In other words, it means to do what you say. This refers to a congruency in belief and behavior.

We see in today’s verse what the prophet Micah received as the meaning of walking the walk: act justly, love, mercy, and walk humbly with God. I think it is important to understand what each of these mean from a biblical perspective:

  • Justice: to make whole; God wants everyone to be made whole, which is why He alone is capable of doling out true justice.
  • Mercy: to withhold deserved punishment; often coupled with grace, which God gives to us that we don’t deserve.
  • Humility: putting others ahead of self; as CS Lewis said, humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

What strikes me is how each of these, from a biblical perspective, is impossible without God’s help. Let’s face it, we are a self-centered and vengeful lot. We tend to think about self first, dishing out punishment we’d never accept for ourselves, all in the hopes of feeling better about self at the expense of another. That is not justice. That is not mercy. That is not humility. Dear Lord, help us.

So you see what God wants from you: justice, mercy, and humility. He wants you to think of this like walking with Him daily through life. Where do you fall short? Where do you need God’s help? He wants you to walk the walk (and walk the talk), and you can only do this with God’s help. And know He doesn’t just want this from you…He requires it of you! But the good news is He doesn’t leave you to this all alone. No. He promises to walk with you every step of the way.

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together — spirit, soul, and body — and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!  (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, MSG)

Prayer: Dear God, forgive me for being so centered in self, withholding the mercy from others I so desperately need, all the while thinking I can experience wholeness at another’s expense. I know you want to help me, and I need it so much. Help keep me fit for Jesus’ return, and keep my focus on Him. I pray this in the name of your Son, and my Savior. Amen.

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