Many people have asked this question, what does the Lord require of me?
Nothing more than that you listen carefully to all he says to you, and to obey for your own good. He wants you to love him, and to worship him with all your heart and soul so He can bless you.
He “appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee…” Genesis 17:1-2
It is that covenant he wants you to reverence, to walk in all it’s ways, and to keep it’s terms. He says in Deuteronomy 8:1, “All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live…”. You keep his laws and statutes, “that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth…” Deuteronomy 4:40.
Keeping his statutes is how you as member play your own part to the covenant, “that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else,” (Deuteronomy 4:39). Remember he’s a jealous God, he does not want to share you with another.
The other question people have is; why does he not appear to me also?
There are many things to it and Isaiah gives us some hints;
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.” Isaiah 59:1-4
Certain things we have allowed stand between us and God, and Isaiah says those things are they to blame; your iniquities, and your sins. God has not changed on you, but it’s you who is withdrawn, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There is none righteousness, no, not one. If we say we’ve have not sinned we make God a lair, and the truth is not in us.
What shall we do?
Firstly, receive the good news!
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:1-2
Repent is the first word of the gospel; it was used by John the Baptist, then Jesus, and the disciples.
The call to repentance is important and must not be neglected. It speaks of a change of direction, not just sorrow in the heart. It’s ok to feel sorry for your sins, but know also that repent isn’t a “feelings” word but is an action word. When John said ‘repent ye’ he was telling his audience to make a change of mind, not merely to feel sorry for what they had done.
Do we’ve to repent before we come to God?
Repentance does not describe something we must do before we come to God; it describes what coming to God is like upon hearing the word. We can’t come to the kingdom of heaven unless we hear the gospel and leave our sinful life.
John wanted people to know that the kingdom of heaven was near, and as close as your hand. It wasn’t as distant as they had imagined. This is why John was so strong in his call to repentance. If the kingdom of heaven is at hand, then we must get ready now and press for it.
His main message was “Messiah the King is coming.” The call to repentance was the response to the news that the King and His kingdom were coming – indeed, already here in one sense.
“Flee from the wrath to come.”
This wrath is the wrath of God. This wrath is often ignored or disregarded because it is not immediate; it is to come but is not any less certain just because it is delayed and is to come. When it eventually comes it is terrible but is fair and well deserved because it is God’s wrath. It God’s then it cannot be stood against; the only way to survive is to successfully flee from it.
To flee implies immediate and swift action.
Here is how you flee; hear the word, or receive the glad tidings of good things, then believe and obey the gospel, and finally call upon the Lord.
It’s important for you to pray this prayer;
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and today I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”
Write to me if it’s the first time you’ve sincerely made this prayer. I want to hear your testimony so I can pray for you also.