for your own good

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Now in light of all that, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God by walking in all his ways, by loving him, by serving the Lord your God with all your heart and being, and by keeping the Lord’s commandments and his regulations that I’m commanding you right now. It’s for your own good!” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13, CEB)

350BB07A-0039-4257-93BA-280E3BC19ED8You belong to God! When you recognize that, you know that you have the power Spirit to overcomes the forces of evil in the world trying to convince you that you don’t belong. When you recognize you belong, it isn’t just for your benefit, but for others, because the church misses something when you’re missing. Getting your priorities in order where you know you are called to love God and others, you realize that there actually is something in this for you…The transformed life!

Today’s passage from Deuteronomy 10:12-13 really illustrates this well. Since this is a text from the Old Testament, we see Moses talking to the Israelites as God’s family. When you go back to our daily water from Sunday, you see that everyone has access to God’s family through Jesus. So when Moses presents God’s Law to God’s people, we see it comes with some over-arching instructions: to revere God, walk in his ways, serve him, and keep his commandments. We do this for our own good. It keeps us in good relational standing with God and others. After all, when you read the 10 Commandments, you’ll see that they are all about how to live with God and others. We do this for our own good, not to experience the rejection and isolation that comes from broken relationship.

Jesus told us that we are to love God and love others, and people will know we are his by how we love (John 13:34). This brings us the power of connection as we are assured that we are his, we are called to live for God and others, and as a result, we find the purpose and meaning for our very own lives. Love others…it’s for your own good!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making my life matter. May I follow you, love you, and serve you, for my own good. I pray this in the name of Jesus who taught me what it truly means to live a life of love that benefits the world, others in my life, and me in particular. Amen.