Friday, March 10, 2017

Marching Orders for the People of God

As part of my morning reading today, I was meditating on Deuteronomy 10:12-22 in Eugene Peterson's paraphrase The Message. I needed to hear these words afresh. And what I found and pulled out, mostly using the exact words of the paraphrase, but pushing them together a bit, is what I am thinking of as "marching orders for the people of God."

They needed them then.

We still need them today.

And here they are....


Live in God’s presence in holy reverence
Follow the road he sets out for you
Love Him
Serve Him
Serve Him, your God, with everything you have in you
Obey the commandments
Live a good life
Look around you – everything you see is God’s – the heavens and beyond, the earth and everything on it
Remember that God fell in love with you and chose you
Cut away the thick calluses from around your heart
Stop being willfully hardhearted
Remember who God is – powerful, awesome, immense
Remember where you’ve been and what he’s brought you through
You’ve seen this with your own eyes! Praise him!
Treat others with the same lovingkindness that God treats you
Remember, again, who you were and yet who you have become. He did this. All of it.

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