4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Life is full of teachable opportunities for growing as disciples and making disciples. Loving the one God is important enough to be the consistent topic of your thinking, object of your worship, and influencer of your attitudes and actions.
What reminders can we discern from these verses? Here are a few thoughts:
- The phrase “shall be on your heart” (v. 6) reminds me that God and His Word should ever be before us. This means memorization and meditation from regular times of study.
- The phrase “shall teach them” (v. 7) requires personal study and an intentional plan to communicate them. This is more than memorizing words. In the words of Jesus in the Great Commission, this is “teaching them to obey.”
- The phrase “talk of them” (v. 7) means continuing to bring God and His Word into our daily conversations in the home and beyond.
- The phrase “when you lie down, and when you rise” (v. 7) is a reminder that our conversation about God and His Word is not to end. We are not to segment our faith from life.
- The phrase “bind them as a sign” and others to follow (vv. 8-9) remind us to use every resource available to keep God and His Word ever before us AND others.
Life is full of opportunities to turn daily activities, events, and interactions into discipleship experiences. What else would you add to these thoughts? What experiences have you had of turning life into a discipleship experience? Press Comments and share your thoughts.
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- Discipleship and Relational Prayer
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- Discipleship Through Church Ministry and Programs