What does the Lord require?

September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is a beautiful passage:      

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6: 8; NIV)

Walking humbly with the Lord takes a lot out of you. It means removing the love of self and the world. Concerning humiliation, the Lord teaches us:

there are two things in humiliation, namely, the acknowledgment of self, that it is nothing but evil, and that relatively to the Divine it is as nothing; and the acknowledgment of the Divine, that it is nothing but good, and is infinite. (AC 7640)

Most of us would have no problem with later half of this teaching. Acknowledging that the Lord is nothing but good and that He is infinite is easy. It requires no humiliation. We can do that and still pat ourselves on the back and think that we are good.

On the other hand, to acknowledge that we are nothing but evil, and that in comparison to the Lord we are nothings is to act contrary to our inherently selfish nature. Pop psychology encourages us to feel good about ourselves, and to consider ourselves as powerful and good. But spiritually, this is not true. Humility means removing our sense of self worth.

Yes, we need to act as-if-of-ourselves; but in so doing we need to acknowledge that without the Lord we can do nothing that is truly good.

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