What The Lord Requires Of Us

by 9/02/2015 0 comments

To do everything to the best of your ability is hard. To do everything to the best of your ability with a pure motivation is even harder. It seems nearly impossible does it not? I am writing this blog post at 1:37 in the morning with two Arabic assignments, a Physics paper, a debate, and an entire book to read all by Thursday. So how, despite all I have to do within the next 48 hours, do I complete every task with full effort and utmost sincerity? Sure, maybe next time I should not put off doing all this work until the last day that it is due. But I think there is a little more to it. Even with a perfectly planned week, my schedule, and I am sure your schedule too, will be filled to the brim hour by hour with an incredible number of tasks, assignments, activities, and to-do’s. We love to exhaust our days do we not?

Don’t get me wrong, being active and busy is not a bad thing. Investing in an array of interests is a wonderful thing, a blessing even. But we must remember our Father’s command. Do everything unto the Lord. Be good stewards of what is given you. Whatever you do, do so with a pure heart that is eager to serve God and His people. One of my very favorite verses in all of scripture is Micah 6:8 when the prophet says, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Friends, these are not easy commands. When I am overwhelmed with my schoolwork, when a friend comes to me with a problem, when I am feeling lonely, when I am perplexed, sad, angry, and burdened; what does the Lord require of me? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him. When I am approaching a business sponsor, when I am sitting in 100 degree heat trying to communicate with a Haitian village council, when I am setting up for a 5k, or when I am on my knees praying for God to show me direction; what does He require of me? My best effort and my most sincere heart.

Remember, our Father commands us not in frustration, but in love. In His perfect love, He knows what will bring us joy. He knows that when His child acts justly, when his child does not cheat himself, he will be satisfied and joyous and filled with the Spirit. That is not to say we cannot fail. In some ways, we must fail. But more importantly, we must learn and we must grow. If we lose heart, we must pray with earnest intensity for God to pour Himself back into our work. If we cheat ourselves or each other, we must confront our sin and turn back to His face, accepting His grace. We must help each other give our best efforts through prayer, encouragement, and assistance. And we must do so in all things whether it be in our sustainability work, school work, relationships, or our own walk with Christ Jesus. Friends, in the midst of the chaos of our lives, let us not forget what our Creator requires of us: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him. To do so requires our best effort and most sincere heart.

-David L. Newman

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