Week Twelve Thoughts

When reading through the first chapters of Deuteronomy I was drawn, as many people are to chapter 6 and in particular verses 4-9. The verses read as follows, “‘Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.” In this passage we see a command along with practical advice on how to do it.

The command in this passage, known as the greatest command, is to Love the LORD your God (with all your heart, soul, and strength). We are called to love God, which is active, and not only is it active, but it is also visible. In the following verses we see that we are to have these words in our heart, on our tongues, and even physically on things. So the question we must ask ourselves is, how am I loving God? Do I know his word in my heart? Do I talk to my family and friends about who God is? Do I tell people about salvation and the love that God has for me? Do I tell people I love God? Does my city know that I love God?

Just as the people of Israel were called and commanded to love God with all of their heart, soul, and strength, so are we. We are also called and commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. With this in mind, how evident is your faith to the outside world? If you are one of God’s children the world should know it! The world should know you are his, not just by the way you live, but because you talk about it. As it says in Deuteronomy you should repeat these words to your children, you should talk about them when you sit in your house, and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. God does not ask for you to silently live a good life, but instead commands you to love Him and talk about it! So let us be bold in proclaiming our love for our God and Savior!

-Pastor Josh