December 22: Loving God All-in, Advent Day 26

Read Deuteronomy 6:1-25

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (v. 5).

Most people don’t have the privilege of knowing when they are saying their final words or which encounter with a loved one will be their last. Those who knew those things would likely capitalize on them.

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 the greatest concerns of this man of God 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 you, your children, and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live” (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 followers of Christ in every corner of the world. And that generational legacy is established one person, one single generation, at a time. It begins as you choose today to love God with your whole being, even as He loves us.

He has made His love known throughout history, and Christmas is the proof. Here’s how we can make our love for Him known: we can go all in. Jesus identified this “all in” kind of love as being the foremost commandment of all found in the Law (Matt. 22: 34-40). That kind of personal surrender leads to the lifestyle. As we abandon ourselves completely to the Him and His way, we can expect a spontaneous, consistent sharing with others.

“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 this Christmas and throughout my life.”


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