“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” John 3:10 (NIV) Nicodemus had the Old Testament Scriptures, not the New. The words “born again” do not occur in the Old Testament. But Jesus makes it clear that a person with the Old Testament should be...
“It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.” Deuteronomy 6:13
Moses tells us how we can align our lives around a passion for the Lord.
1. Your heart
“These words that I command you today shall be on your heart” (6:6).
The command is to love the Lord with all your heart. But it has to begin with your heart, and it is learned over a lifetime at the cross.
2. Your conversation
“You shall teach [my commands] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” (6:7).
Don’t let your love for the Lord, or your work or your giving to the Lord be a private thing. Talk about it with your family. Open your heart to them. Let them see the passion that drives you.
3. Your example
“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand” (6:8).
Put your love for the Lord into practice in your commitments, choices, and ministry. You have to step out and lead by example yourself. Don’t just talk about it. You have to do it.
4. Your family
“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (6:9).
Bring your children into this great consuming passion. Help them participate in it. The parents who said, “We can’t enter the land because of the children” led them into the desert. The parents who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15) led their children into the Promised Land.
What one area could you start realigning in your life today?