What does God require of me?
Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and enjoying the goodness of Jesus Christ the Lord. In todayís article I would like to cover a subject that is on the mind of many people at one time or another. For those that believe that we were created and not just a mistake or a product of some evolutionary occurrence, the question of "Why was I created? What is the purpose of my existence? If God created me what does He expect or require of me?" comes to mind.
Before I address the question of "What does God require of me?" I would like to first establish the fact that God did create you and me, the entire universe, and all that is in it.. The Bible, Godís Word, makes it clear that none of creation was a mere coincidence or mistake. All of creation has a Creator, and all of creation has purpose and design therefore there is a Designer.
In Psalm 8:3, we read, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained." Psalm 19:1-3, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." Isaiah 40:26, "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing." Jeremiah 10:12, "He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion." And in Romans 1:19-20, "Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse."
A good friend of mine put it this way, "Have you ever thought about all the things that are required for you to get in your car and drive from point A to point B? Of course you haven't. Every day we jump into our vehicles and take off. We sit in the driver's seat, start the engine, back up, and head somewhere for something. As long as our car or truck is working, we're satisfied.
Once in a while, we take our vehicle to a service facility for maintenance. When it gets old or we think we need a new one, we trade it off. What difference does it make if we know how it works, just as long as it works. That's all we care about.
But let's take a few moments and think! For you to be able to use your vehicle there are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled, you may have never thought about. First oxygen must be present in the air. Without oxygen, your car wouldn't start. Of course, there has to be gas in the tank, a battery to crank the motor and spark plugs to generate a spark.
Now that the motor is running, the transmission must be working in order for us to back up. However, we can't back up unless the energy the motor has converted from the fuel has been transferred to mechanical energy that must be transferred to the wheels. And of course the wheels have to turn and the front wheels have to be able to shift to the right or the left so we can go one direction or another.
Now, let's add this up. Before we can go anywhere, we need air, gas, a battery, a motor, a transmission, a differential, wheels and a steering column. Obviously quite a lot is required. And I have just mentioned the basics. Batteries, motors, transmissions have parts that have to be assembled and functioning. As well, once the vehicle gets going, you better have a radiator that keeps the engine cool and oil in the crankcase or you'll end up on the side of the road.
By now, you may be wondering. What point is he trying to make? Of course, vehicles require designers and engineers who know what they are doing. You would have to be a fool to believe otherwise! Or is that really the case? Some of the most intelligent and educated people I have ever met believe that a cell can arise spontaneously without a designer. They are convinced all that is required is millions of years of time and random chance. These professors, researchers, teachers and scientists have even devoted their lives to convince others they have discovered the truth. But, I don't know if they have ever taken the time to think. Have you?"
Once I become conscious of the fact that God does exist and that He created me as the highest order of His creation, Iím then faced with the nagging question, "Why did He create me? What does He require of me?" Am I here to merely live like a hog that I may die like a dog and be buried and rot like a log?
For my own good, for my own well being, for my own sake of sanity, I must discover Godís plan and purpose for my life. If I donít my life will be empty and miserable, filled with attempts to fill the void in my life with things, experiences, relationships, etc.
King Solomon, the wealthiest and wisest man that ever lived, indulged himself with every pleasure and experience available to him. He came to the following conclusion at the end of it all, "Emptiness, emptiness, all is emptiness and vexation of spirit. I hate life, it is empty." Anytime you leave God out of your life or any part of your life; your destined to end up with emptiness within that cannot be filled by anything.
Godís Word tells me what my purpose in life is, and what God requires of me. In Revelation 4:11, we read, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created." We were created for Godís pleasure. So what does he require of me then?
In Micah 6:8, we read, "He (God) has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" We read this in Deuteronomy 18:13, "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God." And in Matthew 5:48, "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
What is perfect? Let me try and answer this with the question, what does it mean to be imperfect? The root word of "sin" means missing the mark. To be perfect means to absolutely hit the mark, to be exactly what God wants you to be. If Iím honest I have to admit that I am not perfect, rather Iím imperfect, Iíve missed the mark.
As I read in the Bible that God wants me to be perfect with the Lord my God, I instantly realize that I have failed. For I look at Jesus Christ who was perfect and see that this is Godís standard of what perfect is and I realize my life doesnít even come close to His. I am a sinner; I have missed the mark by many miles.
But then I hear and read the Gospel. The Gospel literally means Good News. The Good News is that there is hope and help for a sinner like you and me. The Good News is that God loves sinful, rebellious, failing man that has missed the mark. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Godís ideal requirement for me is that I be perfect. Iíve failed. What about me now? What does God require of me now? There were some people that came to Jesus one day and asked, "What must we do to do the works of God?" Jesus responded and said in John 6:29, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." The word believe means to entrust oneself to, to totally rely upon, to lean all your weight upon.
God required perfection, I missed it. What does He now require of me? He requires that I just believe (trust) on His provision of love and forgiveness in Jesus Christ and I accept Him as my personal Lord and Savior. When I believe and accept Him, He takes my sin from me and begins to do a work in me to bring me to that place of perfection. We are told in Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
All God requires is that I trust in Him to save me, to work in my life that which I could never do, to be a pliable piece of clay in His hands. Are you allowing God to work in your life today? To mold you and shape you into what He wants you to be? If not, I exhort you to surrender to Him right now and let Him accomplish His will for you in your life, He loves you so much.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine