Minimum Requirements

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”

“Just tell me what I need to do to get this over with.”

We might be found to say this when facing a trial or uncomfortable situation. We may find ourselves in trouble wanting to get away. It may be that we are in our ‘evil day’ and the burden of it gets to be seemingly too much. We may have been surprised to learn of a loved ones failure, or passing. It might even be that the doctor tells there is nothing more to be done.

All of us are brought to crossroads in our lives. The choices we make at those times define us; they reveal our true nature and character.

God’s Word brings us to those decision points often revealing our heart. There are those who just want to do the bare minimum and get it over with so they can finally do what they want to do. Just look around at the faces that come through the church and then as they leave. Some are happy when they came and troubled when they left and vice versa.

In meditation on these passages, I thought of others that bring us to those decision points.

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Considering that the whole of my being is to be brought as a sacrifice to God is a bit daunting. Yet, in light of what the Savior did for me, it is more than reasonable.

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Declaring who you are places you on a side. Often, we would like to remain neutral. Neutrality is like mediocrity. Seemingly, it has no stand to take, side to defend or people to protect – but hidden in the smokescreen of neutrality is SELF. That is whose side we choose. Even to the detriment of those around us.

Just looking at the way people drive today is revealing of just how we treat one another. Cutting in front; speeding up to not allow someone in or over; weaving in and out of traffic putting others in danger; it is all very telling. Honking, yelling, using sign language to tell others how we feel about them; Oh, how far we’ve fallen!

It is increasingly evident that we want to do the bare minimum for others but when it come to us – heap our plate full to overflowing.

Evidence abounds in the church as well. Jesus said to the Pharisees:

Matthew 21:13 “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

The least attended meeting in the church house is the prayer meeting. Prayer takes time. Prayer takes effort. It requires focus, listening and concentration. One day, someone will come up with a prayer app that does it for you… Millions will download and use it to avoid doing what it takes to pray. Sad.

The price paid for the privilege of prayer should cause us to drop to our knees and thank God loud and long. It is the one activity our enemy attacks vehemently, fiercely and constantly. He knows that we have been given direct access to the throne of God – a privilege he lost in his disobedience.

We could go on about the many things to which we give the bare minimum, but, think today on this:

God gave everything to redeem us to Himself, shouldn’t the minimum be the same?

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