|Do as we say, not as we do?
Deuteronomy 6 reminds parents of their responsibility to live out the commands of God & to teach them to their children. Regardless of whether or not your parents are following Jesus or are involved in your spiritual growth, you can respond to God’s instruction by living for God in such a way that you set an example for your parents & other family members. Set the standard!
Here are some ways you can respond to God’s instruction by living for God in such a way that you set an example for your parents & other family members.
1. Make a Choice
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. & you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, & all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).
You get to decide today: Will you follow only God? Will you decide to have no other god in your life? There are many options out there to grab your attention, but you can choose to follow God exclusively. Loving God with your heart, soul, & strength means making a choice to love God with everything you have.
2. Make a Commitment
“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today” (Deuteronomy 6:6).
It’s great to choose God-it’s the right call! But God is not a tattoo that you can put on once & then ignore. A relationship with God is a lifestyle & a daily commitment.
3. Make it a Habit
“Repeat them again & again to your children. Talk about them when you are @ home & when you are on the road, when you are going to bed & when you are getting up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Your parents have been challenged by God to be leaders in the home & actively talk about God & faith. But whether or not they do it, this truth also applies to you. Make it a habit to not just live for God but to talk about God.
4. Make it Memorable
“Tie them to your hands & wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house & on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:8-9).
It’s a Jewish custom to attach a small container called a mezuzah (literally “doorpost”) to the doorframe of a home. In it is placed a small scroll containing the text of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & 11:13-21 & God’s name Shaddai. It’s a symbol to help people remember God is with them always. What can you do to help you remember? Tape some Scripture to your bathroom mirror? Tape a verse @ the top of your computer screen? God is with you always . . . remember that!