When your hired by a company, you should know what your duties and responsibilities are. You might even make a list to remind yourself. Maybe not at the beginning, when you’re new to everything, but eventually you should know the requirements. Should it be any different when you become a Christian? If you never understood God’s ways, at least you are not in jeopardy of losing your job. BUT promotion? Not so much. To have knowledge in what God’s requirement is for you is only the start; “Pursuing God’s Best” is your duty. Turn to the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 10 and I will show you the first requirement.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, Israel [Christians too!], what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in ALL His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with ALL your [mind and] heart and with your entire being.” “To keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”
If we are to pursue God’s best, then it all starts here first; we are required to “walk in the fear of the Lord“. Without following this one requirement, you might as well forget about “His Benefit Package.”
As long as you are exercising this requirement [application], you begin to pursue what God has planned for your life; His Best.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all your happiness…] and the whole [DUTY] for every man.”
You have prayed about being God’s best, you have hope for it but when it comes down to it, “the end of the whole matter is” and your “duty” is…? “FEAR GOD and OBEY His Word! That’s His requirement. There is more to your salvation than your final destination in eternity. If you are going to be “Pursuing God’s Best“, know this: God has already done His part, now you are going to have do something about your part. Turn to the New Testament and look at the Apostle Paul’s instructions.
READ Philippians 2:12-15.
Verse 12 says we are to safeguard our salvation in the name of Christ Jesus. If we are going to fulfill God’s requirements in pursuing His best, we have to stop relying only on our salvation. You are going to have to “work out your own salvation”.
“…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).”
Oh, by the way…while you are carrying out the goal to the completion of your own salvation, do it in reverence and awe! And while you are pursuing that goal, “Do all things without grumbling and fault-finding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting.” Verse 14. If you are pursuing God’s best, His requirements for you is to show yourselves “blameless, guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God“. Without any “blemish in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation”. God wants you to be a “bright light“; stars or beacons shining out clearly “in this dark world [Verse 25]”. God wants you to be in a position to experience the promises he has for each one of you in the Bible. Look next at II Corinthians 7:1 to see how you can position yourself in Pursuing God’s Best.
“THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us …” Let us do what? What is your “requirement”?
#1. “Cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit”.
The FLESH is a way of thinking that opposes the Word of God.
#2. “Bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.”
HOLINESS is of one mind with God.
Eternal rewards in the day of judgement; Eternal Benefits.
Now if you’re of the mind of mis-trusting or not believing ALL of God’s words, then let me reveal to you the evidence I uncovered in my study. Your attitude towards God’s Word. The truth revealed will shine brightly towards the “Eternal Rewards” in Heaven!
Malachi 3:14-18 [READ]:
Verse 14, “You have said, It is useless to serve God, and what profit is it if we keep His ordinances and walk gloomily and as if in mourning apparel before the Lord of hosts?”
Maybe you have never “said” verbally, “it is useless to serve God,” and what do I get out of “pursuing God’s best”? What’s in it for me? The Bible calls that the attitude of, “selfishness“.
Verse 16 says, “Then those who feared the Lord [pursuing His interest and not your own] talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a BOOK OF REMEMBERANCE was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name.”
WOW! If you are sincere in your goal of “Pursuing God’s Best“, your name will be written in a “Book of Remembrance“. BUT there is even more profit given in verse 17:
Verse 17, “And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
When you get to heaven [I assume you have made a public profession of faith in Christ Jesus], God isn’t going to whisper in your ear, “glad you could make it in child of God'”. According to Malachi 3:16-17, He will open up the “BOOK OF REMEMBERANCE” and read your name out “publicly“. Then He will broadcast in His booming voice, ‘This ‘spirit-being’ standing here next to me is My jewel, My special possession and I will spare him (or her) and declare them “righteous” to all those who are gathered here in this place.”
Don’t be seduced by what the world says, trying to change your mind about the relationship you are working on with God.
There is a “promise” and a “requirement” I want you to meditate on. What does it mean to “meditate” on the Word of God? It means you are to read the words until God’s Word speaks back to you. Turn to the New Testament, Matthew 7:21-23.
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on the day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?”
Verse 23-24, “And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house on the rock.”
“Pursuing God’s Best” is more than saying “I am saved”.
If you didn’t respect His commands [His word], then you didn’t trust God. And if you are not in a trusting relationship with your heavenly Father, you won’t have the “requirements” to get you in. The WORD Detective didn’t come up with this idea, God’s Word says so here in Matthew 7!
Start right where you are today in “Pursuing God’s Best” its His Requirement.