Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Devotion 6.14.17

If you could summarize all of life down to one statement, what would that be? Would it be a serious statement coming from some deep philosophical vein?  Would it be some substantive, quantitative voice of rational thought about the interaction of all elements that comprise life?  Would it be something off-the-wall like a Yogi Berra statement, such as, "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too."

There are two tables to the Ten Commandments, and the first table confirms our relationship with God.  No other gods, name in vain, and Sabbath Day.  God states his commands for how we are to revere, honor, speak of, interact with, and in all hold Him in awe, fear, and love.  As Christians, these commands speak to us in terms of what separates us from, as they did with Israel in the Old Testament.  They are commands, but they also speak to how God's people are to "be."  With Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection giving us eternal life, our commitment changes to following the commands as a response to God's love, knowing that even when we stumble, we are forgiven.

How do we best sum up the First Table which contains the three commandments between us and our Lord?  Christ said it this way in Matthew:  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (22:37)  That's a perfect summary given by the only person to walk perfectly though life.  We pray that we do at all times and in all places keep our hearts and minds on Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Hope Men's Ministry

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