We are to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. All humans are judged by this verse.
My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8. This verse states that we humans already know what is good, pleasing, and perfect. We are to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. All humans are judged by this verse. I believe we know what pleases God because God has planted that knowing in our spirits. This knowing is an essential part of what it means to be created in the image of God and is therefore an essential element of being human. However, knowing what is right and good can become a hidden knowing, buried and even lost.
When knowing what is good, what is right, is lost, our humanity is lost. When our humanity is lost it becomes possible to act unjustly, to oppress, exploit, torture, abuse, persecute, and condemn others. It becomes possible to put a knee on the necks of others and see yourself as having power over others. It becomes possible to become something you were never meant to be.
Thank goodness that most of humanity has not lost touch with this spark of divinity, this knowing what is good and right to do. People may put different words on it, but they know. But knowing what is right does not prevent people from being caught up in systems of injustice. We all tend to conform ourselves to the age in which we live. Society does all it can to guarantee we will conform. We go along to get along.
But then, Christ enters our life and asks us to break free of these constraints. We are called to renew our minds and be transformed. We are invited to get back in touch with that spark of divinity. In Christ we awaken to the realization that we have settled for a counterfeit life, not our true life. Once we wake up, we can let Christ lead us back to our true selves.
To lose our life is to set ourselves free from what others have determined for us and to become part of something more. We Christians, through baptism, become part of a greater whole, the Body of Christ. The advantage of living in Christ is that we are now free to become our true selves. Embraced within the Body of Christ we discover increasing love and faith. We discover strength and courage to be non-conformist and counter cultural. We discover that even while we are immersed in a greater whole, we are free to be uniquely ourselves. This is finding life. We are One in Christ. We are each one unique.
My beloved ones, never settle for a counterfeit life!