Perhaps most people don’t have pieces of Deuteronomy high on their list of favorite passages of Scripture. I do. This morning I have the opportunity to speak a group of college students from Deuteronomy 10:12-25.
After years of guidance, protection, and provision in the wilderness, God is about to reveal His faithfulness to these people yet again by allowing them to enter the Promise Land. What does he ask in return?
Three Requirements for God’s People:
In verses 12-13, Moses uses says, “Fear him,” “walk in his ways,” “Love him,” “keep his commandments,” and “serve him.” Having just reminded them of their history of rebelling, he calls upon their love for God to drive them to obedience. Christ will do the same in John 14:15 where he tells us that our obedience is how we show our love for him.
Set your heart on Him alone
Why did God want the other nations completely driven from the land? He knew the heart of his people. Like wandering sheep, we have a propensity to stray. God wants us to reserve our hearts for Him alone. In doing so, he receives the most glory and we receive the most joy.
God often correlates the spiritual morale of his people with their treatment of widows, orphans, and strangers. Conversely, several times in Scripture the mistreatment of these groups is a sign of a corrupt culture. Just as God’s love motivates us to obedience and a set apart lifestyle, it ought to motivate us to loving service.
As you walk with God this week, ask him to reveal areas where you can grow in your love for him. Then purpose to obey His Word, guard your heart for Him alone, and serve others.
How can you reveal God’s love by serving someone this week?