Shepherd Sayings January 11, 2018
The prophet Micah asked the people to whom he ministered a question. His question was, “How can a person meet God’s requirements in life?” He discussed the question by asking, “Would a thousand rams, ten thousand rivers of oil, or my first-born child offered in sacrifice to God pay for my sins?” (Micah 6:6-7) “No, the Lord has told us what is good. What He requires of us is this; to do what is just, to show constant love and to live in humble fellowship with our God.” (Micah 6:8)
A young man came to Jesus one day. He asked, “How can I meet God’s requirements for my life?” Jesus’ answer was quite simple. He said, “Obey the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17) The young fellow asked, “Which ones?” To which Jesus replied, “Do no murder, adultery, stealing or lying, honor your parents and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 18:18-19) The young man said, “I’ve done all these, but still something is not right. Jesus answers this question in the same basic way the prophet Micah answered it some 600 years earlier. Jesus said, “Put your words into action. Go sell your possessions, give the proceeds to the poor and come follow me.” (Matthew 19:20-21) The young fellow refused to pay such a price to meet God’s requirement for his life. Can you see it? More is required in pleasing God than mere words. One must put his words into action.
The apostle Paul, proving his deep devotion to God said, “For Christ’s sake I have lost everything, and value it as mere refuse (rubbish, dregs) that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7-8) Paul discovered that a right relationship with God is not based on what one owned, was born with, or had learned. Rather, one can meet God’s requirements for his life by faith in Jesus Christ. When by faith one accepts Christ, he receives God’s holy righteousness and meets God’s righteous requirements for life.
Lord Jesus, please help us meet God’s requirements for Christian living. Help us deepen our devotion to your church and our neighbor. Amen!