Recently, a friend asked me what I wanted to do, in terms of a career. I said I felt called to go into the ministry but I wasn’t positive where God wanted me. A fellow classmate saw our discussion, and offered me some words of wisdom:
“Just ask and pray what God wants you to do and what He wants from you and you’ll get an answer. Keep the faith, and build a solid prayer life with God.”
At first I read his words and thought, “Yeah, I know. I’ve done (and am doing) that.” But then the phrase “Ask God..what He wants from you” struck me. I’m not sure I’ve asked that before. I’ve asked, “Where do You want me?” I’ve asked “What do You want me to do with my life?” But have I ever asked, “What do You want from me?”? Have you?
As I pondered that question, and actually asked that question of God, Micah 6:8 came into my head.
“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,
and to walk humbly with your God.” (NLT)
That’s what He wants from me.
“Do what is right.” He wants me to always do what is right – to always do what He would do, if He were in my situation. WWJD?
“Love mercy.” I am to show mercy to those around me. I shouldn’t be quick to judge; instead, I should be quick to extend mercy toward others – toward anyone and everyone.
“Walk humbly with your God.” There are two things to this phrase. First, I need to be humble. Pride is the root of all sin (think Satan wanting to be God, Eve eating the fruit so she could be like God, etc.) Besides, what do I have that God hasn’t given me? Secondly, He wants me to be so in-tune with Him that I can walk with Him. Two people who are walking together must know where to go, or they’ll end up walking in different directions. In the same way, I need to be so in-tune with God that I can walk with Him without ending up walking somewhere on my own because I’ve lost sight of Him, the journey, and the final destination.
Do what is right.
Walk humbly with your God.
This is what the Lord requires of you.