What Does the Lord Require of You?

Some people want to know, “What’s the least I an get away with in terms of my obligations to God?” Two verses come to mind.

The mildest is this: Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Many people can live with that – do the right thing, be loving and humble.

But, “walking with God” is a much higher requirement. That requires walking in the same direction and keeping close company. “Can two walk together except they are in agreement?” In other words, mankind is supposed to be of the same mind, same goal, same love of God’s presence and conversation.

The other verse is Deut 10:12 “Now, Israel what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?

Now that’s really tough. “Love God with all your heart and all your soul?” Love is a requirement, not because God is narcissistic or lonely but for our own good. That’s what true love wills, the highest good of the other, not in their perception but in God’s perfect knowledge.

While this is addressed to Israel, Jesus reaffirms it in the New Testament as being the foundation for the whole of the Old Testament Scripture (mark 12:28-32). Since Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 10:4) and our example (Romans 8:29) and since He made it to the centerpiece of his last meal with his disciples (John 13-17) I think we can safely say that requirement continues to this day.

If you are walking with God, start talking with Him. Its a walk of faith, whole-hearted love and obedience that results in our own good.

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