Day 4

Living Out God’s Best

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

This is a great mission statement for the Christian life.  Doing justly means that we treat others with the same fairness and honesty we expect from them.  To love mercy means we seek to find solutions that give people another chance even when it is not deserved.  Walking humbly speaks of a lifestyle of putting others first and choosing not to be preoccupied with oneself. Tim Keller calls this “Self-forgetfulness.”

William Temple said years ago, “Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts.  It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all.”

The world makes much of providing for and pampering ourselves.  Commercials tell us that we deserve the best and should demand it.  God calls us to a higher calling in our relationships.  Being self-forgetful and others-mindful doesn’t mean we are “people-pleasers” but God-pleasers who are used by God to bless others through sacrificial service.

Humility in life is God’s best for us because it truly reveals Jesus in us to others.  Consider 2 Corinthians 8:9 . . . “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.”

Just as Jesus sacrificed to enrich us with salvation, we must die to ourselves to enrich others with God’s love.

Application of God’s Truth

Today go out of your way to serve someone who is serving you—your waiter, those who work with or for you, a classmate—someone who wouldn’t expect it.