Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Deuteronomy 6:5-6
Israel stands on the edge of something new. God heard their cries to be set free from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. Then he leads them to the Land of Promise (read Exodus) through a series of miraculous events. Slavery lies behind, and freedom lies ahead. Before they enter their new home, God has an important message relevant to all of us.
We stand on the edge of something new too. God’s message to Israel and us is not about a change of venue or what year it is. His message of a fresh start is about loving him within the depths of our hearts. The kind of love that means choosing to be different, giving him everything and putting him at the center of our lives. It’s a simple yet challenging message of surrender to his love.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Our hope for 2021 isn’t that we have left 2020 behind—but that we totally and sincerely follow God into the New Year. Make your primary new year’s resolution be to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is Matthew 1.
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