What Is Required of You?


Deuteronomy 10: 12 and 13: “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?”

That list is basically all of the same things; fearing Him and loving Him cause the serving Him and walking in His ways. It was required of Moses to spend forty days and forty nights on the mountain neither eating or drinking, just prostrate before the Lord. It is not required of you. It was required of the Israelites to face the giants of the land and physically fight them. It is not required of you.

It has sometimes been required of me to get up in the middle of the night and pray for three hours. It is not required of you. He will ask You to do things that are not required of me.

Our requirements aren’t a list of dos and don’ts. You can’t pass out a checklist. There is no method for following the Lord where you can just accomplish certain tasks, avoid others, and then you are saved and are living as God’s servant, child, friend.

Your requirement is to love God and love others. In some ways that will look the same on everyone. It will look like a love of God’s Word and a patient and kind heart towards the fatherless and foreigner. It will look like a broken heart where there is sin and a grateful heart where there is righteousness. But the specifics will be different for everyone.

If He gives you something to do and you don’t do it, you aren’t walking in His ways and loving and serving Him. You are serving yourself and choosing your fear or comfort or whatever over God’s call. You may start to ask, but how do I know what He’s requiring of me? You obey what you know. You can’t obey what you don’t know. You know what His Word has revealed to you. You love Him and love others according to His Word and His Spirit’s leading that’s in your heart.

Trust God enough that He can figure out how to lead you where He wants you to go. He knows how to make Himself heard. Are you struggling with something right now, thinking, “Is this really God wanting me to do this?” You can think of it this way: if your flesh doesn’t want to do it, then it’s probably not you who came up with the idea. So, if fear, greed, pride, seeking comfort, etc. is the honest reason you don’t want to do something, you can know that’s Self getting in the way. Then you can know it’s probably God urging you forward, for your good, always for your good.