What is Required?

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

When students enter a new class they usually ask, "What are the requirements? How many tests will there be? Will we have to write a term paper? And if so, how long must it be?" How much homework and extra reading will there be? Etc. It's the same in the workplace. Employees want to know their job description. What is required of me? Everybody wants to know the requirements, including Christians. In our text Moses asks, "And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee..." Now keep in mind that this text addresses people who already know God; those who already have a personal relationship with Him. So this is speaking of requirements for living a Christian life, not entering it. If you have no personal relationship with the Lord, realize that the only requirement that you should consider today is to be born again.

We would love to help you understand this one and only requirement that God has for your today. We will invite you to come and place your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary, and I pray that you will do just that. Come to Jesus by faith in Him and in Him alone!

However, our text this morning deals with those who know Him in a real and personal way. God has some requirements for every Christian today. This text is to Israel, but by application we can learn some things that are for us today.

I. Fear Him

II. Walk in His Ways

III. Love Him

IV. Serve Him

V. Obey Him

Our text reminds us that these requirements are for our good. If we choose to do go our own way it will not be 'for our good'. Now and again parents will want to know why their students received a particular grade in a class. More often than not, it is a reflection of the student's failure to fulfill the requirements. The first impulse is to blame the teacher…or the school…but it isn't the school or the teacher's fault a student fails to do the required work! When we stand before God, there will be no one to point a finger toward for why we didn't fear the Lord, walk in His ways, love Him, serve Him, and obey Him. This morning, if you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ's finished work on Calvary; the only requirement is that you do so now. It is a requirement, because to fail to come to Jesus in faith means an individual will go out into eternity unprepared…they will be separated from God forever in an awful place called Hell.

If you are a believer, if you are born again, how are we doing with these requirements? Perhaps we need to come this morning and meet God at this altar. Surrender your heart and life today