SUMMARY: Teach others
OVERVIEW: Moses reminds Israel that their children did not experience all the ways God provided in the past. Therefore, they are to teach their children God’s law, so they learn to obey. Moses gives them a choice between being blessed or cursed.
BIG IDEA: Love God with all your heart and soul and teach others to do the same.
KEY VERSE: Deuteronomy 11:18–19 (Moses to Israel)
So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Each person is responsible for following me. Your friends won’t have faith because of you, nor will you have faith because of your parents. Teach and train others who I am, what I desire, and how to follow me. Do whatever it takes—paint a picture, tell a story, share your life experiences, show them in the Bible—for them to learn who I am and what is true about me. But no matter how you do it, the best demonstration of my love and character is for you to provide a strong example. Tell others about me, but let them see it in your life.
I want you to love me and serve me with all your heart and soul. I want you to obey me and enjoy the fruit of a well-lived life. But take time to teach others. Many will be interested, but others will not. Invest in those who are hungry, but plant seeds all around those who don’t care. They may not value what you have to say today, but plant seeds today for when they will be ready tomorrow.
Be a learner and teach others. Have you learned something about God or the Christian life lately? If so, share that insight with someone today. If nothing comes to mind, invite to meet with a friend whose faith you admire and be a learner. Ask what they’ve been learning lately about God.