Deut. 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the LORD’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good."
What does the Lord require of us? Simple. We are to take seriously God and our relationship with Him. I fear most who profess faith in Him don’t. Let’s be honest with ourselves. If took God seriously, we would take seriously His command to live holy lives before Him. We would be serious about how portray Him to the world. We would genuinely care for one another and strive to help each other instead of, as is so often the case, being a hindrance to one another. We would be serious about going into the world with the Gospel message that others may be saved. We would read our Bibles and pray more. We would attend church services more. There are a lot of things we would do differently if we were to really take God seriously in our lives.
How much of your heart is really into God? Are you seriously wanting to know His will for you so with the intent of doing it? Is your heart in it when you tell Him you love Him? Is your heart into it when you worship Him, whether privately or in church gatherings? We say we love Him and that we live for Him, but I wonder just how much that really is the case.
It is for our good that we take God seriously. We can never enjoy the blessings of heaven until we do. God gives those who sincerely seek Him and live for Him a peace of heart that can be found nowhere else. He instills within them a love that is unlike any other form of love known to man. He gives purpose and meaning to life. He gives His children a confident and enduring hope that holds the soul steady in the storms of life. He keeps those who love Him from falling into the clutches of Satan who is out to destroy them.
Do you really take God seriously? If you do, He will never stop changing you and conforming you into His likeness. He will never leave you alone and will always lead you into a holier life. He will be the passion of your heart. He will affect everything you do and say.