What Does the Lord Require of Thee?
The question eventually asked by every sincere believer is what does the Lord require of me, or in other words, how can I please God? The Prophet Micah has a threefold answer that speaks to our relationships with one another and with God. Let’s look at the Amplified version of Micah 6:8:
He has told you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), and to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?
The aspect of humility that we address in this passage of Scripture basically deals with our relationships with others, but it’s our committment to God that keeps us focused on His requirements and His standard of goodness. It pointedly reminds us that pride and humilty do not mix at all!!! We are to set aside any overblown sense of self importance or self-righteousness! How? By allowing humility to be not only our attitude toward God, but to become our lifestyle.
So, how do we learn to walk humbly with our God? The following tips were taken from an old Guideposts article:
6 Steps to Walking Humbly With God
1. Remember who’s in charge—and praise Him!
It’s hard keep things in perspective if we don’t remember who is Lord! Psalm 90 is a good place to start.
2. Pray for a humble heart.
Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the ways in which pride gets in the way of your relationships.
3. Pay more attention to your own faults than to the flaws of others.
Confess your failings, but don’t obsess—move on!
4. Don’t hide behind your dignity—it’s pride’s favorite hiding place.
Your real value lies in God’s eyes, not in the eyes of the world. Remember: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
5. Try not to watch yourself worship.
Give all of your heart and mind to God.
6. Serve others.
The fastest way to humility is the way Christ chose. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Mark 10:45).