Read Deuteronomy 6:1-25
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Most people probably don’t have the privilege of knowing when they are saying their final words or which encounter with a loved one is the last one. If we knew those things, we would likely capitalize on them more than we often do.
In contrast, Moses had a general awareness of both. He had led the Israelites through their wanderings in the desert. He had delivered them to the shore of the Jordan River that served as the border to the Promised Land. But God had also made clear to him that he would not personally enter the land. He would die.
Deuteronomy, then, represents Moses’ last encounters with and his parting words to God’s people. One of his greatest concerns is reflected in the words of this chapter. He wanted to ensure that a generational legacy of godly commitment was left in his wake. Moses spoke/wrote these final words “so that (they), (their) children, and their (children’s) children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as (they) live(d)” (v. 2).
Of course, that generational legacy was not only for Old Testament times, for physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or for those living in the Promised Land. God desires that today for Christ-followers in every corner of the world. But that generational legacy is established one person at a time. Its foundation is laid one single generation at a time.
It begins as you choose today to love God with your whole being. It is propagated as you consistently share biblical truths in words and with a matching lifestyle. It is to be done in the natural ebb and flow of your life . . . from morning till night, whether you are active and underway or relaxed and sitting.
Are those kinds of commitments part of your life? That kind of personal surrender leads to the lifestyle. As you abandon yourself completely to the Lord, you can expect that kind of spontaneous, consistent sharing with others.
It becomes a prayer such as this one: “God, I love you with all of my being! Allow that love to permeate all of who I am and then to penetrate the lives of others!”