Nothing and Everything

It’s not about being “enough.” It can’t be. My “enough” is never enough. I try to give God my time, a good attitude, my wallet, patience, trust.

But is that what God requires of me? Is that what He wants?

The author of the book of Micah asks the same thing:

“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? 

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Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 

He has shown you, O man, what is good. 

And what does the Lord require of you? 

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

-Micah 6:6-8

Isn’t that fascinating? He wants nothing: nothing of my friends, my family, my wealth, my food, my home, nor my possessions.

And yet, He wants everything.

The Lord requires me to act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with Him.

I both feel relieved and yet charged with an overwhelming responsibility.


He asks for my actions, my heart, my mind, my soul, my pride. 

The only parts of me that are worthwhile.


 

He wants no show of the things I imagine give me status; none of the things that act as a barrier between us.

All of me. Raw, in process, messy, incomplete and imperfect.

It is at once nothing and everything.