Read: Micah 6:6-8

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (v. 8)

Put one foot in front of the other, swing your arms a little (or a lot), and move your body with a steady pace. For most people walking requires little thought or effort, a form of exercise that needs no special equipment or clothing. Many health professionals recommend 10,000 steps a day for optimum health and longevity. That’s a lot of walking, like five miles or 90 active minutes a day! The requirement is not complicated, however.

What kinds of steps are required for our spiritual health? According to the prophet Micah, acting justly, loving kindness, and walking with humility are three basic activities that God requires. Micah tells the Israelites that they don’t have to sacrifice thousands of rams, offer “ten thousands of rivers of oil,” or give up their firstborn to please God (v. 7). His mandate is simple, even if it’s not easy to follow.

It might be difficult and exhausting at times to continually treat others fairly, stand up for truth, act kindly, love against all odds, and do everything for God with humility. But exercises like these help us develop our core spiritual strength and, along with spiritual disciplines like prayer, will help us maintain a strong faith and keep us fit for kingdom work. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Help us to follow your requirements to faithfully act in just, kind, and loving ways, and to walk humbly with you.