Beyond the Weekend

January 7 | At the Center

January 7, 2021


These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Deuteronomy 6:6

Read: Deuteronomy 6:5–9
Deuteronomy 6


Worshiping one God and making him the center of their lives is new to the Israelites. They are an unruly mob of ex-slaves who know very little about the God who made promises to their forefather, Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). As they enter the Land of Promise, God wants them to move away from what they once were toward who he desires them to be.

God wants the same for us. Like Israel, God wants us to leave our old life behind and put him in the center of our life right now. That means putting him in the center of everything we think, say and do—not just moving him up our priority list. His word (the Bible) should have a central place in our hearts. Making God central is inviting him into our family, job, school, politics, sexuality, recreation and more until he overflows into everything we do.

This is what we were made for. To know God and make him known through the way we center our lives. We find true life, purpose and meaning in this. Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron Buer explains what this looks like.


Prayerfully ask God to convict you of areas in your life where he is not at the center. Then start making him the center today by committing to read his word, spend time with him daily and allow his word and the Holy Spirit to lead you. One great way to do this is to regularly read the BTW and join us in reading through the New Testament in 2021.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Matthew 4.

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