As the calendar flips yet another new year, the talk of resolutions and new beginnings start once again. Some people see it as a good time to start a new habit, to start over, begin with a new slate. Others search for answers and direction in life.
Our Christian life is no different. The age old question seems to be what does God want me to do? What is His will for my life? As the vice president of Titus II Woman Ministry, I can tell you that our leadership team asks the same questions when considering what’s next for this ministry as well.
As I considered these thoughts this year, I was brought to a tiny book of the Bible found tucked in the Minor prophet books, Micah. This book is filled with proclamations of warnings and judgement. God had been faithful to His chosen people, but it hadn’t been reciprocated.
In Micah 6:8, Micah explains to the people what God requires of them:
“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.” (Micah 6:8) NLT
Although I can’t tell each one of you what God has specifically called you to, I think this verse would be a good starting place. It’s full of practical things to do.
To do what is right. In a world struggling to decipher what right even is anymore, do what God says is right.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40) NLT
The right thing begins with love. If you need a further definition of love, 1 Corinthians 13 shows us a long list of what love is. This alone could take a lifetime to achieve.
To love mercy. I think we all struggle with this one. We love it when we receive mercy but like Jonah, struggle when it’s given to people we think deserve judgment. Much like a toddler we are quick to scream “it’s not fair.” I could practice loving mercy more. We want justice, revenge, and our rights. God wants us to see people and situations through a heavenly lens, as people He sent His Son to die for.
To walk humbly with your God. This goes directly to our heart. While leaders and false prophets publicly carried out religious ceremonies; their hearts were in it for fame and fortune. Instead of taking pride in what we can offer God, he must humbly depend on Him and His guidance and strength. God desires a sincere heart, truly worshiping Him. I know this is an area I need work on. I need to spend more one on one time with God, depending on Him more and myself and others less.
These three things while incredibly practical, are equally as difficult. I think if we start putting these three things into practice, we’ll find God’s specific will. I once heard it said, “just do the next right thing.” Sometimes in a quest to do God’s will we tend to over-complicate things. Just do the next right thing. God will guide you and provide for you.
At Titus II Woman Ministry we love to encourage women to be all God has them to be, right where they are. No matter where God has you, He put you there for a reason. Put these three things into practice and I’m sure you’ll begin to see glimpses of His purposes for your situation.
Father, I pray blessing over my friends reading these words. Would you help us all to do the next right thing? To do the right thing, love mercy and walk humbly with you. Speak to our hearts as we depend on you more each day. Amen.