God requires obedience
He has shown you, O mortal, 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 6:8)
The opening of this verse makes it plain that God has shown us what is good. Now we realise that obedience is required of us. The verb ‘to require’ is actually quite strong and is defined as ‘to specify as compulsory’.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. (1 Peter 1:13-16)
I’ve always found these verses a bit intimidating because the exhortation to be holy isn’t a choice; it’s a command. It’s not a question of trying to be holy or doing our best to be holy; it’s a requirement, it’s compulsory.
Definitely a work of progress for me but also – and far more importantly – a work of God’s great grace.