So you want to go to Heaven. What does it take?

There are three rudimentary requirements at the foundation of our part in the bigger scheme of things. We find them in Micah 6:8 as follows. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8 (KJV). At the core of every bit of God’s instruction for you and me are those three.

The good requirement of the LORD is first to do justly. That means we are to treat fairly both our interpretation of the commands, examples and necessary inferences of the Bible; it also regards how we treat one another based upon that elementary understanding. We learn our faith from correctly handling our studies of the sacred Book, just as Paul told Timothy in his second correspondence with the young preacher. If we slip in our doctrinal integrity our faith falters. Being balanced and faith with God’s Word is very important. We also based a just lifestyle upon the Scriptures, which are furnish us completely unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16). Fairness with our faith walk under-girds about relationship with God. Understanding how to properly love and treat our fellow person is dependent upon our awareness of God’s lessons on how to love Him, our neighbor as well as our enemies.

Loving mercy sometimes takes courage. It is not always easy to show mercy much less loving to do it. When we show strong kindness to other people we express the comfort God shows to us (2 Corinthians 1:3). In fact it’s as though God frequently expresses His love, comfort and mercy through us as we received it through the love of others in our time of need. The throne of grace resides in the church and we are the church of Christ. Being like the good Samaritan is sometimes easy when it is offered to those we know. For some of us it is even a little easier to show mercy to strangers. Other times, difficulty comes when its an adversary. We choose to love mercy because without it we probably won’t see God when our moment comes.

God requires that you and I walk humbly with Him. Christians who are humble are not weak as Satan wants the world to assume. A humble person does not toot his own horn as the saying goes. Walking humbly with the Lord means serving our Father God openly but without sounding gongs with no love. A person can’t strive for perfect obedience and be self righteous in the process. Don’t forget the pharisees who had the law but no grace. Their snobbery was not approved by Jesus. Taking on airs is no more Christ like than not doing what grace compels to in the first place.

Doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God are basic to all the teaches of God’s grace. At the heart of all Christian obedience is lovingly being fair, kind and walking without pride with God. Think about it. It’s true. Where is your heart today?

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