Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
You know what you want from God, but have you ever wondered what God wants from you? According to the Bible, there are at least five things God wants from everyone.
If you have ever wondered what God wants from you, you don't have to wonder any longer. That's because the Bible is quite clear what God wants, and God has made it easy for you to get the answer. All five things God requires are listed in one place.
According to Deuteronomy 10:12-13, God wants you to perform the following five actions:
- Fear the Lord
- Walk in all God's ways
- Love God
- Serve the Lord
- Keep the commandments of the Lord
To Fear the Lord
The first action is to fear the Lord. Here the word "fear" does not mean to be afraid of Him. Instead, it means to show reverence to the one who created you in His own image.
To fear the Lord means to honor Him and exalt His holy and righteous name. It also means to have a personal, intimate relationship with God.
There are at least 365 times the word fear is used in the Bible to illustrate how we are to honor, respect, and exalt God every single day of the year.
To Walk in All God's Ways
God wants people to walk with Him. That means first agree with Him in His word. The prophet Amos asks a very valid question: "How can two people walk together unless they agree?" (Amos 3:3)
The rhetorical question suggests companionship, communication, and communion. All three are necessary for a pleasant and worthwhile walk.
You can walk with God even though He is in heaven and you are on earth.
To Love God
God wants us to love Him. He has made it easy for us to do so by loving us first as an example. God loves us and then commands us to love Him back.
It is interesting that if we love God, the other four requirements are not hard to do.
To Serve God
God doesn't ask us to something because He can't do it. He asks us to join Him in the act of serving. Not only are we to serve God, but we are to serve people as well.
God has equipped everyone to serve. By doing so, we find our purpose and gets the greatest satisfaction.
Serve God as we serve one another.
To Keep God's Commandments
You are probably wondering what God requires you to keep. God wants us to keep His commandments that are listed in the Bible. Surely, you might what God requires, but you might find it difficult to keep them.
Keeping God's commandments simply means obeying them. When we know what God wants us to do, then we can do what He says. First, we know. Then, we obey.
Results of the Five Requirements
Take a look at the last three words in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 that is written above. You will see the results of fearing, walking, loving, serving and keeping His commandments.
". . . for your good."
God will never ask us to do something that is not for our good. God will never ask us to do something that is hard for us to do. His aim is not for us to struggle. Rather, He wants us to do things for our own good.
For Your Consideration
Consider how you are doing in the above five areas listed in Deuteronomy 10:12-13. Maybe you are doing some of the five, but not all of them. If that is the case, try improving the areas that you are deficient in.
Try to keep a balance by doing all of them. The scripture did not say to pick and choose. You should act in all five areas in order to do what God requires.
Also, notice that the five actions listed are for everyone. Therefore, everyone should have those general things in common. They are different from the specific things God called His people in the Bible to do. For instance, God called Noah to build the ark. Don't worry about that because that was Noah's assignment and not yours. God called Solomon to build the temple. You don't have to be concerned about that either because that was Solomon's specific assignment. If you master the general requirements listed above, then you will be in the right position to undertake any specific assignment God gives you.
charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on January 24, 2019:
actually this does not apply to us, the real disciples of Christ, it was given to the jews and not to us. In this the age of Christ rule we are to follow Christ. it is impossible for anyone to get to God in this age in any way but through Him, He IS THE DOOR TO GOD, the Only door.
Morris Fultz on January 23, 2019:
Hello Rev Minnicks, thank you for this very informative article. When I think of the question, what does God want from you, I think of Micah 6:8 but Deuteronomy 10:12-13 is more in depth.Thank you for your clarity on the five actions.