What Does The Lord Require Of You?

August 3, 2009

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength and . . . you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

God has called us to be activated doers and out-of-the-box thinkers. It’s easy to become so bogged down and preoccupied with our own little set of problems that we don’t even see we carry a life-saving message.

By obeying the Scriptures to “honor God and help people®,” we can strip away the distractions of life and get down to the bottom line:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Jesus redeems us and then invites us into the ministry of reconciliation, sending us out into the world to find people who have broken lives. The world can’t relate to pious self-righteousness, but it can relate to love and kindness that emanate out of our love for God.

We serve a big God, and He wants us to pursue big visions — to get out of the four walls of the church and be the wide-awake world-changers He’s called us to be (Mark 16:15). “Then they [the people Jesus redeems] will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations” (Isaiah 61:4).

Think Big!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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