A popular commercial these days asserts, “Get this one done.” That message especially applies to this top priority:
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
Know that God your Father is one (not three-in-one as is confusingly advocated). And, based on this important fact and truth, love Him with every fiber of your being. That doesn’t just mean verbally affirming your love, or loudly singing His praise on Sundays (although there is certainly nothing wrong with these)! Wholehearted love for YHWH God is more lifestyle than language. It’s reflected more in what we do and how we live than in what we say.
According to Deuteronomy 6, this love is to be so central as to be an ongoing talking point at home, in travel, at bedtime, and at sunrise. Not only that, this great priority is worthy of visual reminders: something visible on our hands, foreheads, and even inscribed prominently on our home and property. We must make every effort not to neglect or forget this foremost commandment.
The takeaway today is: What am I doing to constantly remind myself and my family to be faithful to the Great Commandment? Does regular conversation take place concerning it? Have I developed visible reminders lest I forget?
A few years ago the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelets became popular. Important as that reminder is, perhaps even more important is “LYGW” (Love YHWH God Wholeheartedly). If we need to produce bracelets to remind us of this key priority, then perhaps we should do so. It would certainly be in harmony with the priority of Deuteronomy 6.
Let’s make LYGW our highest priority today, and every day.
©Steve Taylor, 2015 --Used by permission
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