• Pastor Bowler

What Does God Want from Me?

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8). The prophet Micah asked the question, “What does God require from me?” And he received a tremendous answer. The answer is: “To do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” A great question and a great answer. What does it mean to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God? Every situation is interpreted in a different way by different people.

There is a helpful answer in the New Testament. In Matthew 4:19 we have the words of Jesus to Peter and Andrew—“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” It is the same call that He gave to James and John who were also fisherman and we're mending their nets in their father Zebedee’s boat.

Jesus gave this same call to Matthew at the receipt of customs. It is the same call that comes to you and me and to every human being. The call is to just follow Jesus. The Lord spelled out what that means. He said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself handed take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24).

Would you be a Christian? It means to follow Jesus. It means to take Him as your example and guide and companion and teacher. To go where Jesus goes and to avoid what He would avoid. To love what He loves. To live and love and walk like Him. He said, “why call ye Me Lord, and do not the things that I say?” Disciples walk and talk and live like Jesus. Follow Me, said Jesus. Not because you have a bumper sticker on your car, but because of how you spend your time, and do business, and bind up the wounds of the man in the ditch who fell among thieves.

“What would Jesus do?” is the question we need to ask frequently everyday. A Christian is a disciple, and a disciple is a follower.

Our Lord said, “My sheep hear My Voice and that they follow me. A stranger will they not follow for they know not the voice of strangers” (John 10:4-5).

Jesus said of those who would follow Him, “and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish” (John 10:28). So what does it really means to follow Jesus? Look at Matthew chapter 4.

Firstly, to begin His ministry, Jesus went to the Jordan where John was baptizing and there we read that God spoke from heaven and said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” God confirmed Jesus. Jesus was God's Son. Of course, if you follow Jesus, that will happened to you as well. You will know you are a child of God. Romans 8:16 will be true of you. “…His Spirit Will bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God.” You will be able to say, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (1 John 3:2).

Bottom line: Every genuine Christian is a partaker of the divine nature (1 Peter 1:4). Every true believer looks up into the face of God and says, “Abba Father.”

Secondly, Jesus went into the wilderness where He was tempted. Are you His follower? You too will face the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. You will learn that man does not live by bread alone. You know that things do not satisfy. And you will serve Christ and Him alone.

In the wilderness Jesus repeated, “it is written, it is written, it is written. God’s inspired Word was His sword and shield. This must be true of all who follow Him. We lay aside all doubt and believe that the Scriptures cannot be broken.

The third thing we learn about our Lord is that He was a channel of blessing wherever He went. He brought hope to the troubled and peace that passes understanding. He gave living water, the water of life, to people like the woman of Sychar who had looked in all the wrong places to find meaning in life.

Are you following Jesus? You too will bless everyone around.

There is a fourth exciting experience you will have if you truly follow His steps. God has exalted Jesus. The kingdoms of this earth are His, and that too will happen to you. You will have a body like to His glorious body. You will see Him as He is. “Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for His people.”

Jesus said, “Follow Me.” And Peter and Andrew and James and John, and you, and you, and you, have left all to follow Him.

That is what it means to be a Christian. That is the whole story of what it means to be a Christian—just to follow Jesus.

Let me emphasize:

  • You will have divine assurance that you are a child of God (Romans 8:16).

  • You will take God at His Word and make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14).

  • God will make you a channel of blessing (2 Corinthians 5:20).

  • And you will rule and reign with Christ (Romans 5:21; Revelation 5:10).

What does the Lord require of thee?

Just this—follow Jesus.

When you do that, you will “do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

The Chinese say that the longest journey begins with the first step. Won't you take that first step to follow Jesus today?

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