Does God really expect me to do what He asks?

I think about the dad who had something to give his young son and asked him to hold out his hand. "Why?" asked the little boy with his hands firmly clasped behind his back. The father repeated his request, but the son kept asking "why"—and missed out on the treat his dad wanted to give him.

The Bible says in James 1:17 (NIV) "Every good and perfect gift is from...the Father." But we sometimes worry that He might ask something of us that we are not going to like.

There's the story in Luke 18 about the rich young ruler who thought he'd done everything necessary to get eternal life. But when Jesus asked him to share everything he had with others, he went away very sad. He thought it was too hard.

There are two things that Jesus asks of me and you: Two commands from Luke 10:27 (NIV) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all of your soul and with all your strength and all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself."

I believe Jesus does expect us to do what He asks. When we think of what He did for us on the cross, is it really too much to love Him and those who live around us who are saved by His same love? God bless you. Keep looking uP!

December 01, 2008 / Ask PJ