He has told you men what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, HCSB)
In our last post we gave you the background of our main passage to show how this was a wake-up call from God… There are three things God demands in this passage… 3 poser tests. Today we are looking at the first demand: Act Justly (Do What’s Right).
Posers are notorious for exaggerating their abilities and for taking shortcuts to gain and maintain an appearance of excellence… but this is all style over substance… they want this because they want the benefits that come with actually being good at what they’re posing as without really putting in the work necessary to excel.
Later on in Micah 6 God points out that these posers were cutting corners, lying and mistreating people to get ahead:
11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? 12 Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
God wants us to refuse to be dishonest, to work hard and do what’s right at all times… It has been said that Champions do the little things the right way at all times, regardless of who is watching – This is why you won’t find many if any posers on your TV during the Olympics this year… they have been disciplined to act right and do the little things that make them among the best in their field. They do it for their country and for the “love of the game.”
Authentic Spiritual Champions are similar: Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 that the most important thing for an authentic God-follower was to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” They are motivated to do right because of our love for God.
But for posers, it’s all about them… they will do anything to maintain their image – the illusion that they are great – because they want praise and attention and privileges… the sad thing is that they are normally only fooling themselves.
There are no short cuts to spiritual excellence and you cannot fool God. You may be able to fake out other people for a while, but usually not for long.
Does your spiritual life reflect a commitment to authentically doing what is right at all times (regardless of whether you get attention or recognition for doing it)? Or do you just play church so people – especially your parents – will think you’re a “good Christian kid” and therefore give you lots of complements/affirmation and possibly more freedom and trust (so you can ultimately do what you want)?
Authentic Christians not only consistently do what’s right, because of love for God, but they also treat others right. This is the second part of the poser test…which we will explore next time.