You have been hand-selected to be a highly-valued and cherished child of the Most High and living God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
Do you believe that? I mean, do you truly and wholeheartedly accept that this is true?
So many people long to have confirmed that they belong and that they have purpose.
You, my friend in faith, have been confirmed for both!
As if the verses from today’s reading don’t state it plainly, let’s look elsewhere in the New Testament. According to Ephesians 2:19, You are a member of God’s household.
And in the same chapter, just 9 verses before, it declares that you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to accomplish!
If you accept your position and your purpose, then you need to start acting like it.
- Honor God by worshipping Him alone; avoid and get rid of anything, or anyone, that could lead you astray. (Deuteronomy 13)
- Honor God by taking care of your body. (Deuteronomy 14:1-21). While this section of the chapter is referring to clean and unclean foods, something that the Israelites had to pay close attention to, we can extend the meaning to modern times and consider what we put into our bodies.
- Honor God with your stuff and by being generous to those in need. (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)
Friend, God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. Love Him back, with all that you are.
You can read or listen to today’s Bible passages at BibleGateway here – Deuteronomy 13-14 and Luke 15