Do the Right Thing!
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“”For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
This passage of scripture is a part of the last “sermon” Moses gave to the Children of Israel. God’s family- ready to move into the land they have been promised. It isn’t unlike a speech that you may have given your children, or your parents gave to you. It is a simple message: Love the Lord, walk in his ways, be faithful in keeping his laws. THEN, you will live and the Lord will bless your life.
In many ways, with my children either grown or nearly grown, my advice has narrowed to a few simple things, the most important one: Always do the “right thing”. It’s a simple concept. And yet, when the people around them, or around you or I do not do the “right thing” it makes the conversation more complicated in our hearts and minds.
It isn’t easy to explain to children, new believers or Christ-followers who are in a difficult place that we are still called to do what is right. However, the scripture is pretty clear. There are times when I walk around all day saying to myself in my brain, “Do the right thing, do the right thing, do the right thing!” Do you find days like this exhausting? J
In about three paragraphs Moses sums up an entire journey of 40 years, wraps up his ministry and gives a command:
“…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…”
In the every-day decisions of life there are times when it is easy to choose a decision that is not God honoring and doesn’t honor the commitment we have made to love the Lord, walk in his ways and be faithful in keeping his laws.
As you go through this day, ask yourself from time to time how you are doing with those choices, actions, thoughts and attitudes. We aren’t perfect. However, the journey as a Christ-follower calls us to bring our lives to a point of great commitment to “do the right thing”.
Have a great day- let’s meet together to worship the God who loves, saves, forgives and empowers those who love him.