Major Beliefs #6 – God………
Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
We all live our lives with an overarching theme don’t we? It may be “do good to others” or “Promote peace” or “don’t worry be happy” or “do what you feel” or “judge not”, but we all live our lives with a theme and in many cases that theme defines our lives. Well God says to His people in the book of Deuteronomy, listen up your relationship with me should define your life. He said earlier in the 10 commandments, “You shall have no other gods before me,” and now He says, “you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your soul, and all of your strength.” This should be the overarching theme of your life. This should define you.
Jesus of course repeats that command for the church and lets us know that it is the first and most important commandment. God must be our priority. He must define us, our relationship with Him must be preeminent. Why? Because He is the one who gives us life. He is the one who sustains us, Paul says in Colossians 1 (He holds all things together), and He is the one who gives us the opportunity to be redeemed. He must be the theme of our lives as much as I enjoy the hymn, “Love is the theme,” and as much as I remember singing it and enjoying it at my home church, love isn’t the theme, God is. Yes we are to love other people, but our lives must be about more than just loving other people, they are to be about God and glorifying Him.
After all He is our creator, our sustainer, and our redeemer. As is alluded to in the book of Deuteronomy, He is in Sovereign control. He was the one who gave the Israelites the land, He was the one who redeemed them from slavery, He was the one who sustained them and provided for them, He was the one who gave them life. It is all about Him.
God is sovereign, He is in control (that’s good news when you look at the world around you), but we have a responsibility to Him. What is that responsibility? To love Him, to put Him first, to do as the hymn says, “and crown Him Lord of all”. But that isn’t our only responsibility, we are also told to let others see us living out this commandment (Deuteronomy 6:2), so that our example might point them toward Him. Of course just living it out isn’t enough, our responsibility goes further as we are commanded to teach the things of God to our children and our grandchildren. We must make sure that they know. We must make a concerted effort to let them know about the ways of God and the way of salvation. We must tell them about Jesus, we cannot afford to assume that someone else will. It is our responsibility, it is our calling, it is our privilege.
I love how one wealthy person put it years ago, “if I give my children all my worldly goods but I don’t give them Jesus I have really given them nothing. If however I give them Jesus and nothing else I have given them everything.” How true that is. He is our everything. We must tell our children about Him, not just so they will be saved, but so that God will be glorified as well.
Major Beliefs #6 – God………