Loving God Inside and Out

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9, MSG)

Today’s passage comes as Moses reminded the Israelites as to God’s primary commandments. Toward the close of chapter 5, Moses recaps the 10 Commandments. Then, as chapter 6 begins, Moses summarizes everything, which leads us into our text for today. “Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!” Moses then goes on to give advice as to how one should incorporate this commandment into daily living, and not just for self, but for everyone in the household.

As you read through Moses’ advice, it’s apparent this commandment to love God with all you have and are isn’t just something you consider for an hour a week at best when you might attend a worship gathering. This is designed to be a way of living. You write it on your heart, but you also wear it on your proverbial sleeve. You inscribe it on the doorposts of your house, but also the gate posts for the city. You talk about it from the time you get up until the time you go to bed, and while you do everything in between.

Does this describe how you reflect upon God’s love in your life? If not, where can you do better? Is it in the amount of time you spend in reflective prayer? Is it in how you testify to God’s love in your life, sharing it with others? Is it in the visible ways you promote God’s love? God wants His love to be what orders your life, and the Bible gives some great advice how best to do that, inside and out.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for our love. Help me to reflect upon it in every area of my life, and share it with others. I pray this in Jesus’ loving name. Amen.