Raising Kingdom Kids
Modeling God’s Way – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Key Verses: Deuteronomy 6:5-6
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
Yesterday’s devotional was all about why loving God with all our heart, soul, and strength was so critical if we want to excel in modeling godliness to our family and friends. Today, the second part of our key verse is: “…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands.” Modeling that really sticks to the minds of our kids, our friends, neighbors, and co-workers is not acting a certain way once or twice. Rather, modeling that really counts is a lifestyle that is consistent day after day. Even with the understanding that we will all have days when we blow it, the good news is, one bad day doesn’t destroy a string of consistent days. Our scripture uses the word, “commit,” which is a key word in our journey to consistency. One of the definitions of the word commit says: “to pledge oneself to a position on an issue…” (www.dictionary.com)
If you really want to be a good model to your kids and all others in and around you, you will need to pledge yourself to the position that Christ took, to His commands/teaching. Are you ready to do that; ready to live today, not as you want but as He wants? If so, then make that commitment to Him in prayer. Then, throughout your day, remind yourself of your commitment to live like Jesus would want you to. Maybe you should stop right now and make that pledge to Him!
I often use our Olympians as an example of true commitment. Once they have determined that they want to win a gold medal, they get up early and practice late, not doing what they want but what they have committed to. (Continued)
Father, I pledge my commitment to follow your model in my home and in all my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.