For those involved in children's, youth, and/or family ministry, you have to deal with Deuteronomy 6:4-9. These verses impact what should be important in those ministries. Implications of these verses can't (or at least shouldn't) be ignored. Being that I'm involved in all three, I have to come back to it from time to time to remind myself what's important. The next few posts (don't know how many yet) are reflections gained from my most recent visit. God wants it ALL
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. Deut. 6:5-6
I start here on purpose. I haven't forgotten verse 4 (I'll address it in a future post in this series). I start here because this is where Jesus started when asked what the greatest commandment is (Matt. 22; Mark 12; Luke 10). Jesus Himself reminds us that, all we are should be totally and exclusively devoted to God. Not part, not most, but all. When it isn't, we aren't truly reflecting what we claim to believe. When we love something more than God, we have made that something an idol and put it in the place that only God should occupy. He wants ALL of us, heart, soul, might, (Jesus also subs in mind and strength). Everything we do, say, think, ... everything.
Moses hammers the point home for the people of Israel in the very next verse. These commands need to be on our hearts. Why? Why repeat what was just stated? Because if it's not on our heart, it's not really anywhere. If it's not in our heart personally we can't hope to accomplish what we are called to do next.
So, on this revisit of Deuteronomy 6 lesson #1 is:
Our love for God needs to occupy our heart completely before anything else. It needs to be in us first. It needs to be what we are all about.