The Indispensable Requirement.
“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13
A young man survived a terrible car crash, and while he was sharing his testimony, he stated, “I know God spared me for a purpose, but I don’t know what it is.” We all want to know what it is that God wants to do in and through our lives. Believers often say they want to know God’s will and want to know what God requires. Usually, this relates to personal decisions such as accepting a job offer, choosing where to live, or deciding whom to marry.
Near the end of Moses’ life, he placed personal decisions in a broader framework by explaining some basic things God desires from every believer. He told the people that they were to “fear the Lord,” which means to give Him the respect and honor He deserves daily. They were to “walk in all His ways” by letting His Word guide them. To “love Him” means to obey Him and fellowship with Him in prayer and worship. Rick Warren said, “A fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.”
To “serve the Lord” describes gladly using your gifts and abilities in ways that advance the gospel, and let the community know that Christ is in you. God seeks lovers; He is looking for men and women who are ready to follow Him and do His will at all time. Serving Him is undoubtedly rewarding, and He is always prepared to make you more useful when you are ready for Him. As we focus on these things, our relationship with God will grow and yield greatness. As a result, His will for our lives will become more evident, and we will fulfill that purpose He has created us for with His Help. Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, people, 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.”
- Thank you, Jesus, for the Blood that washed away every error, and let mercy win me over.
- Father, forgive me for being too focused on me instead of on You, help me not to compromise your will, Lord.
- I stand on the ground of the blood of Jesus to claim my victory over sin, and the will of the devil.
- I come against every spirit of profit starvation in my daily activities.