What Does God Require Of Us All?
And what does the Lord require of you?
Have we ever thought – what does the Lord require of us? I mean – salvation is free – but once saved – what does God require of us? I know what the membership vows say when we join the church – that we will support the church with our prayers – our talents – our time/attendance and our offerings – or something like that depending on which version is used. But have we ever thought about what God requires of us – as individuals and collectively as the church? Once we have received Jesus what should we do? Should we just rest in Jesus and rejoice?
The brother of Jesus – James – spends a good portion of his epistle/letter sharing that we should have faith – obviously – and that godly actions/works should be a natural response to that faith. James goes so far as to say that works or godly actions are a required feature of a person of faith when he writes: James 2:26 – As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. We heard that in the second part of our sermon series on the 5 Themes from James. We can listen to the sermon here.
The picture with this article shows that without Jesus no one could get to a relationship with God. This is one of my Christian essentials for sure. Without Jesus – we would be lost – eternally. At our church – our ministry plan includes – bringing people into environments where they can encounter Christ, building people up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ, and to sending people out to serve Christ. To shorten this ministry plan we simply say we want to bring them in – build them up – and send them out. Another way of saying it is – our heart at First Church is to reach the lost – to build up the saved – and to send out the saints to reach the lost.
So my questions for us to think about today are the following. What has God required of us individually – and of our church collectively – as a response to the free gift of salvation? What are we doing to reach the lost for Jesus so that they can cross over to an eternity with God? How are we contributing with our time – talent – prayers – and offerings to carry out the call of God on our church?
Stay tuned in the weeks to come for some things we can do as a response to God’s saving grace. I would be interested in your thoughts as well.
Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.