What does it mean to live life God's way? It means that our mind is open to receiving the guidance God gives us through His Word and to let the Holy Spirit teach us how it applies to our real everyday life with all of the challenges we face. Since the foundation of our life is now based on God's perfect love for us the only way we can learn what this is and looks like is to receive this kind of love from God.
As we learn to recognize His love for us we begin to recognize it in others. This is how we are able to distinguish from the worlds concept of what love is and the real thing. This takes time. None of us step into a closet and “Shazaam” out we come all fixed. We have to be willing to sacrifice our preconceived ideas of how life works. As we grow in this understanding through recognizing how God loves on us we become like a mirror that reflects God's perfect love for us and in us to the people around us. As the Apostle Paul tells us, without the foundation of love it doesn't matter how good or gifted you are.
In Micah 6:8 God tells us that he requires three things from a person. These are to:
1) Act justly, striving to do the next right thing as best we understand what that is.
2) To love mercy. When we receive mercy we do not get what we do deserve. When we give mercy we are trying to understand another person from their perspective with their strengths and weaknesses. And we are always willing to forgive unconditionally. This is to accept people as they are not as we would have them to be. Always giving acceptance to the person even when we don't accept their choices in action.
3) The third thing God asks of us is to walk humbly with Him. As we walk with God and talk with God He constantly reveals more of Himself to us. It is from our personal relationship that we grow in our understanding of ourself and our God. As we submit and let God lead us our hearts are changed and we are transformed reflecting Jesus to others, just as He reflects the Perfect Father to us.
Living life God's way is simple just not easy. In fact, it is actually the hardest thing we can ever do, yet it is also the most rewarding. This is because life God's way requires us to let go of who and what we think we should be. We have to trust God to mold and shape us into who He has made us to be. It seems to be easier when we can remember we are here to serve rather than be served.
Jesus gives us an awesome example of serving when He washed Judas' feet before the last supper, knowing he would betray Jesus that very night. This really raises the bar of our understanding for loving our enemies or "to love your neighbor as yourself."
Father God, today we ask You to forgive us for trying to do Your job instead of our own. Help us to let go of the wish it could be... and what if... should be like... in our life and putting this on the people we have around us. May we start to grab hold of You in all that we see, say and do. Help us to accept all of life as You see it. Help us to let go of what we think we deserve and what we have the right to expect.
Help us to look for the best in others and being willing to compliment people as a person instead of for their performance. Help us to draw out the best in others as You draw our best from us, with loving kindness and total acceptance, an encouraging word and a genuine smile. Thank You for the loving touch of Your hand as the Master Potter, who knows the beauty, grace and strength we have in You. Amen