Further Thoughts in deuteronomy: Living as God's people, marked by his presence
FURTHER THOUGHTS IN DEUTERONOMY: LIVING AS GOD'S PEOPLE, MARKED BY HIS PRESENCE
This past Sunday, we continued in our study of Deuteronomy, and we looked at Deuteronomy 23:9-24. And we discovered that there is much to consider. If you didn't get a chance to read the passage, check it out! One thing we considered is how much God interests Himself in the nitty gritty of life. How we deal with our money, our food, our resources…how we take care of our homes, our marriages, all the members of our society....all of it matters to Him. God cares about His people and cares about the details. And this passage paints a picture of how God's people, who are marked by His very presence, are to live in the land that He has given them. As we consider what this looks like for our lives today, here were some questions to consider:
What in your life would you hesitate doing knowing that God is with you? What might you start doing knowing that He is with you to fight for you?
Where in your life do you struggle with individualism?
In what ways, do we devalue the dignity of others? How can we promote the dignity of others?
Where in your life is God calling you to pursue justice?
As we discussed on Sunday, Jesus is the way for us. And He shows the way for us. We took time to read over Philippians 2:1-11, where we see Jesus' humility and glory on full display. He did not grasp for power or personal gain. Instead, He humbly and lovingly looked to our best interest and our well being, and He willingly gave Himself up for us. May God graciously give us all this heart and mind that is ours in Christ, and may we humbly follow our Lord’s example.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus"-Philippians 2:4-5