Deuteronomy 10:12-16
12 “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, 13 and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good. 14 The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God. 15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident today. 16 Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Don’t we all want to know what the Lord requires of us?  What makes this Old Testament scripture applicable today?  Aren’t we under the blood of Christ and therefore do not have to follow Old Testament Law?  The only change in the Law after Christ was the way to be cleansed from sin.  The offering for sin has always been blood. This is God’s standard and it is not open to debate.  When Christ died for our sin, He made the final sacrifice for us.  He went to the altar in heaven and made the final blood sacrifice, His own, but this did not negate what God required of us.  God has always wanted our love and worship.  He has always wanted us to obey Him and do His will.  Many times in the Old Testament, God stated that He was sick of the sacrifices of the Jewish people because they were so deep into sin against Him.  In Isaiah 1:11 He stated “‘I am sick of your sacrifices,’ says the Lord.”  God has always wanted us to be connected to Him through love and obedience.  It has not changed today.  Yes, we are saved by faith and not by works, but there is much to do after salvation.  It doesn’t end there.  It is only the beginning.  The work just begins.  The process of sanctification will take us a lifetime.  What does God require of you?  The answer is simple, “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.”

Have a God Day!