He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 presents a job description for the Christian life. We are to be people who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
We are tempted to think that we have done well as Christians when we pray, read our Bibles, go to church, and avoid sinful activity. These things are good but if this is all we do we would be little better than the Pharisees who knew their Bibles, always went to church, and never committed the “big sins” (or they were at least careful not to get caught).
God has told you what is good. Do justice! Be a man or woman who seeks to treat all people according to God’s standard of justice. Do not cheat people in business. Fight oppression. Defend the defenseless. Also love mercy! Take food to those who are hungry, clothing to those who are naked. Visit prisoners. Sponsor children living in poverty around the world. Pay for wells to bring fresh water to remote African villages. Also walk humbly with God! Do not be boastful in your life and work. You will not deserve credit for any of the good things you do. All your good is the result of God working within you. Be humble in all things as you walk with God. That last part implies that you do, in fact, walk with him. Your life is not your own and you are to follow your Savior wherever he leads.
It is not hard to find opportunities to fight sin. Sin comes looking for us and we deal with it every moment of every day. But to find opportunities to do good you must step out your door with your eyes open. Needs are all around us but we have become skilled at turning a blind eye. Open your eyes and see all around you the places where the Lord would have you do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him.