What does God expect of you in 2020?
There was an Old Testament Prophet named Micah who gave us some old school truths packed with timeless relevance. God chose Micah to be his spokesperson to His people in Israel and Judah. Throughout the book of Micah, Micah pleads with God’s people reminding them of what is displeasing to God and urges them to return to what pleases him.
In Micah 6:6 God’s people ask Micah, “What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him?” Inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, Micah replies to God’s people.
God Expects You To:
Do What Is Right
But, we don’t just get to decide what is right. God decides what is right, what is pure, holy, and acceptable in His sight. God, through the help of His Holy Spirit, reveals to us in his Word what He determines is right.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)
Love What Is Kind
We live in an unkind world, don’t we? Don’t misunderstand me, I know there’s lots of kindness, too. But the unkindness seems to be highlighted more often. However, those of us who are in Christ have been made a holy people. We are set apart for His special purposes. Our choices, words, and reactions to circumstances should be different. After all, God’s Holy Spirit is working in us to make it possible, in an unkind world, to demonstrate uncommon kindness.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…Galatians 5:22 (NLT)
Do you want God’s favor? Do you want God’s blessing? Then you must walk humbly with God, because God favors those who are humble! Jim Cymbala says, “A humble heart is a magnet that draws the favor of God toward us.” Just look at what the Lord does for the humble. He leads the humble (Ps. 25:9). He crowns the humble with victory (Psalms 149:4 NLT). He blesses the humble (Matt. 5:5). Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
It’s not living like a doormat, but it is living more like Jesus. And Jesus came to serve (Mark 10:45).
In 2020, let’s not forget these old school, yet timeless truths. Do what is right. Love what is kind. Walk humbly with God.