“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV
Jesus said that loving God with all of ourselves is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). This command, combined with the command to love your neighbour (Leviticus 19:18), encompasses all the other Old Testament laws.
The Hebrews were extremely successful at making religion an integral part of life. The reason for their success was that religious education was life-oriented, not information-oriented. They used the context of daily life to teach about God. The key to teaching your children to love God is stated simply and clearly in these verses. If you want your children to follow God, you must make God a part of your everyday experiences. You must teach your children diligently to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church-related. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Who do you think the writer (Moses) of Deuteronomy is referring to here when he speaks about your children. If you consider that the book is a collection of Moses sermons he preached just before they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. He is trying to impress on the Fathers of the nation to teach their children, the correct way. It was to direct offspring and their spiritual children, Gods people. All communities rely on their Fathers, the backbone of their society’s.
Everything we do in life has a right and a wrong way, even in our work environment. So just like Moses the Father of the Nation was impressing on his people to keep these commands, the right way, we are to make the correct choices every day.
We have all watched the Olympics. There are many people or should I say athletes that are doing the right thing. Would they even be there if they weren’t? Some better than others that’s why they achieve Gold. A few words come to mind, passion, guts and determination, together with hard work. These things together with the correct way or proper methods, result in Gold. I am going to pose these questions, and I am asking myself this too? Do you apply this passion in your work, personal and spiritual life? Do we approach the things of God with the same passion and determination?
Consider the result if you did.
“Lord, I pray for passion, for Your things. Amen.”