God Requires of You

“But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luke 12:48).

Jesus taught his disciples about the necessity of being ready for his return. “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). The idea is that Jesus could return at any given time, when we least expect him. Even if Jesus does not return during our lifetime, it is appointed unto man, once to die and then comes the judgment. We are not born to live on this earth forever, but sent here for a certain time to fulfil our God given purpose. As such, we have to live as though any day could be our last day on earth.

What has God entrusted to you and what does he require of you to do? We have each been given gifts, abilities, dreams and desires to fulfil during our lifetime. Within these lie our God given purpose and destiny. Our desires for good things is God’s road map to our life’s purpose. If God has invested something in you, then he has already created a way for you to accomplish it. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29).

Life will present obstacles and roadblocks to accomplishing our goals, but God also creates a way around them. “No temptation or challenge has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God sees ahead of time, the trials and difficulties that you will experience on this journey and he has already determined that you will overcome. “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

There are challenges on this life’s journey. There are obstacles on the road to fulfilment of your dreams and aspirations. God has already created a way of escape, around the difficulties and he requires that we manifest those dreams invested in us. “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:6-7).


11 thoughts on “God Requires of You

  1. The one great purpose of his Christian life had been to serve Him whose name had once filled him with contempt; and from this purpose no opposition or persecution had been able to turn him aside. His faith, made strong by effort and pure by sacrifice, upheld and strengthened him.{AA 500.1}

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  2. I still like the old Westminster Catechism. “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” In all my struggling to accomplish something for God I need to remind myself that one of God’s purposes in creating us is to simply enjoy Him and that includes today, for certainly today is one part of forever.

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  3. When I consider what God requires of us, I am always drawn back to this verse: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
    (Micah 6:8 ESV)

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  4. We shall individually be held responsible for doing one jot less than we have ability to do. The Lord measures with exactness every possibility for service. The unused capabilities are as much brought into account as are those that are improved. For all that we might become through the right use of our talents God holds us responsible. We shall be judged according to what we ought to have done, but did not accomplish because we did not use our powers to glorify God. {COL 363}

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