Do you want to know what God asks of you? Sometimes it can be confusing, but I have found by focusing on the main things, it all falls into place. Here are 9 important things God asks each of us to do.
So many times, we want God to reveal Himself to us. We question if He is real. And if we believe in Him, we expect Him to put Himself on display in big ways.
In the 31 years since I’ve become a Christian, I’ve learned more about God by focusing on the priorities—the main things He asks us to do—in the Bible than any other way.
It seems the Bible is made up of many rules, but when we focus on the few most important things, the rest is taken care of.
When we do what God has already asked us to do, He will reveal so much more about Himself and His ways. I learn about Him by turning to Him, depending on Him, thanking Him, and loving others.
What does He reveal? His loving heart. His willingness to provide for us. And His concern for people in this world. As I follow Him in these ways I am changed and the world is impacted for God.
What are the main things God asks us to do?
1. Believe in Jesus.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household,” Acts 16:31.
Understand because of your sin you deserve to be separated from God for eternity, but through the sacrifice of Jesus, you can be saved from punishment and can spend eternity with Him. All you need to pray is, “Jesus, I believe in you. Please take my sin and give me eternity with you instead.” It’s that easy.
2. Put living for Jesus first in your life.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” Matthew 6:33.
This means daily seeking Jesus, reading the Bible, loving others as Jesus did, and trusting He will care for your needs.
3. Read the Bible.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Reading the Bible teaches us more about God and His ways. We learn how to live life more effectively. When you sit down to read the Bible, pray, “Lord, help me to understand.” Also, ask someone who has been reading the Bible for a while to help you to understand better.
4. Become involved in a local Bible-believing church and seek friendships with Christ-followers.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near,” Hebrews 10:25.
We are not meant to follow Jesus alone, but we gain help and encouragement from other believers. When you regularly join other Christ-followers, they will be there to help and support you, and you can do the same for them.
5. Forgive others.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven,” Luke 6:37.
People will hurt us … a lot. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting. It means turning it over to God and allowing Him to handle the situation. God doesn’t take sin lightly; trust that.
6. Live your life with thankfulness, not complaining.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation,” Philippians 2:14.
When we spend our day thanking God for all we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have, everything changes, starting with our attitude and view of life. We will notice the difference in our attitude during the day and others will.
7. Pray all the time.
“Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Pray without ceasing just means when you’re thinking about something over and over, it’s a good sign that it’s something you can pray about. Ask God to help the situation and give you wisdom on handling it.
8. Love others.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails,” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
When we love others as God asks us to, they benefit, and we do too.
9. Care for the widows and orphans.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world,” James 1:27.
A symbol of being a Christian is not doing all you can to take care of yourself but doing all you can to care for others.
These things don’t sound easy, do they? The truth is that everything God asks us to do is impossible unless we turn to Him and ask Him for help and strength. If you want to obey God in these ways, ask Him to help you. We cannot live as Christ-follower in our own strength.
The first step is to pray this prayer:
Jesus, I want to follow you in these ways. Please help me and bring people in my life to show me Your ways.
Now, I want to pray for you:
Dear Jesus, you see my friend and his/her desire to live as you ask. Please help him/her today to draw closer to you and desire to do these things. And as he/she does I pray you will reveal yourself in amazing ways. Amen.
I can’t wait to hear how God will reveal Himself to you! Please let me know.
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Shirley Chapel says
Thanks Tricia for this lovely post today. When the word of the Lord goes out it doesn’t return void. Thanks for sharing these 9 most imported things to be followed in a Christians daily life. May the Lord bless you and your family.
Tricia Goyer says
You’re welcome, friend1
Just finished reading brought me some peace thank you.
FRANKLIN JONES R P says
THANKS FOR THE SCRIPTURE MESSAGE
Oliver Joshua Jacob says
Absolutely loved this article. Thanks!
Kelsie Reid says
What about baptism?
Thank you I had a terrible dream last night and I needed sureness
A very encouraging article .
Thank you Sister this is going to help me draw closer to our Father.
God bless you.
James Biimi says
These help to teach my Sunday children
God bless you
TLZ-ENTERTAINMENT ZACHERY says
thank you very very much-and may GOD BE WITH YOU
This was a great article…I am trying to find ways to get closer to God as a Christian. I am going through a tough time right now and I am afraid. Please, pray for me. And thank you for this wise article . It really brought me peace somehow
You believe in Jesus so there’s nothing to fear. He promised you heaven so nothing in this world can take that away from you. His love will give you comfort. He will give you joy so go share his love with other. I will be praying for you. God Bless 🙏
P Rambabu says
Thank you I am very happy for Jesus Christ messages.
Apostle Armstrong says
I am blessed by the message
Tim Gerard says
Praise be to God for you pointing the way God has helped you!
The Holy Spirit helps us each personally as we make Him the Google (God) of our answers and guiding into the life God gives each one of us!
thanks for sharing this article..imam blessed that i found this.praise be to god.🙏
Nikita Mcgary says
Thank u Our Father ho been always by our side we love u thanks for being a true father in our life’s without u we will be nothing thanks for always supporting us an never letting us down an always believe in us with your love also I read the hold scriptures an every seem so amazing to me I will always love u father our God an our brother Jesus chris our savior thanks.
wisdom Ng'OMA says
amen this is helpful
Bessie J says
Thank you and may God continue to bless you. I found this teaching very helpful. It will be very beneficial to me personallly and to those I minister to.