What Does the Lord Require of Us?

The answer to the question is the same for our generation as it was for Moses’ generation.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask 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 observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?


This question was addressed to Israel just before Moses stepped aside as their leader.  It is a question that people are still asking themselves today.  The answer to the question is the same for our generation as it was for Moses’ generation.


1 God wants us to fear Him; “to fear the Lord your Go” (NIV). This does not mean a slavish fear or dread of God, but a love that involves the heart, mind and will. It is like the love of a child for his father. He loves him so much that he does not want to displease him.


2. God wants us to walk in all His ways. Man wants to go his own way. Isaiah 53:6, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way….”  Walking in obedience to the Lord is to walk in the path that God’s Word lays out for us. Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”


3. God wants us to love Him.  God does not require that we love His service, His house or His truth; the requirement is that we love Him. When the late King Edward opened the new docks at Cardiff, the press reported the following reception: “Almost simultaneously with the entry of the Royal yacht at one of the steamers were hundreds of trimly – clad waifs and strays; on the other were many deaf and dumb children, on whose behalf a large banner conveyed a message to His Majesty in these simple but eloquent terms: “We cannot shout, we cannot sing, but we can love our gracious king!”  Some hearts cannot demonstrate as others, but they can love.


4. God wants whole-hearted service. “To serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”  The thought here is of undivided loyalty. Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices…this is your spiritual act of worship.” God does not want us to die for Him; He wants us to live for Him and serve Him. Sophie, the scrub woman, was a Christian. One of the gentlemen in the large building where she worked said to her, "Say, Sophie, I understand that you are a Christian." "Yes, sir, I am a child of the King," was her immediate reply. "Oh! So you must be a princess, since God is your King." "I sure am." "Well, if God is your Father, and you are a princess and a child of the King, do you not think that it is beneath your dignity to be found here in New York City scrubbing these dirty steps?" Not being daunted Sophie replied, "There is no humiliation whatsoever. You see, I am not scrubbing these steps for my boss, Mr. Brown. I am scrubbing them for Jesus Christ, my Savior!" (Illustrations of Bible Truth)