Discipleship Quick Tip (5/15/2011)

Do a quick check with your family of the ways your family reflects the greatest commandment. Where can you improve?

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:4-5)

In the introduction to this passage (Deut 6:1-3), Moses instructs parents to carefully obey the commandments of the LORD in order to receive generations of blessings (see my earlier blog). And here are the first two parts of  the commandment: 1. Acknowledge the supremacy of Jehovah, and His right to your love and worship and obedience. 2. Love Him in a way that matters for your attitude and behavior.

Loving the Lord requires a heart transplant. The heart is your spiritual core; the source of your attitudes and behavior. Do your attitudes reflect a complete commitment to theses spiritual truths? Just as importantly, do your actions reflect a heart that has been redeemed by Christ? If you are being transformed, the things you say and do must change as you grow, because “the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart” (Matt 15:18) and “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” (Luke 6:45).

Sit down with your family and ask yourselves: Do our attitudes reflect love of the Lord? Do the words that proceed from our mouths reflect redeemed hearts? Do the things we do reflect hearts that love God, or hearts that love ourselves?

If you have found areas of your heart, words, attitudes, and actions that don’t reflect the love of the Lord, pray for Him to guide you to make the changes He wants you to make. Then act on them!