Here are three ways you can apply Micah 6: 8.
“You have been made known, O man, what is good; And what the Lord asks of you is that you do righteousness, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. "
Get involved personally
We should give money to churches and ministries that do good and preach the gospel. We should also choose to serve where we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. It takes being intentional and stepping out of your comfort zone.
We certainly cannot fight all the injustices or take hold of all the causes of the world. We can ask God to guide us and seek his will, often it is simply to go towards what excites us or to know how to seize an opportunity which presents itself. It's good to start there.
The Good Samaritan (Jesus' example of what it meant to “love our neighbor”) did not hire an agency or ministry to take care of the man left for dead. He got involved personally, at his own expense (Luke 10: 25-37). It will take a sacrifice of time and money, but we have to get involved personally.
Build a relationship with those you serve
All of humanity is made in the image of God and he loves us all. No matter our origin or nationality, our skills or our incompetence, Jesus died for each of us (1 Cor 5:15).
Getting personally involved starts with building a relationship with the people you serve. Jesus did not keep his distance from us (he touched the lepers); neither should we. It's not complicated. Learn and remember people's names, take an interest in their stories, become friends. “Doing justice” should never be impersonal.
Return to the same homeless shelter or abused women's shelter every week or every month. Relationship is a real need that most people feel, which is often more important than you think.
Invite others to take this trip
Jesus sent them in pairs (Mark 6: 7). Saul and Barnabas were called together (Acts 13: 2). Jesus did not invite his disciples to a building but to a walk of life where they healed and gave generously (Matthew 4:19).
Invite others to take this trip. God invites us with him. We must do the same. For a culture that asks for “what is right,” this might be the best evangelistic tool we have. “Come and feed the people who live on the streets with me and my church this Friday” teaches a great lesson about the heart of God. An opportunity to see faith in action for non-believers.
If the world sees and experiences God's people walking humbly, loving mercy and doing good. Then maybe our testimony will be more powerful (1 Thessalonians 2: 8).
Article translated from the site Crosswalk
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