OVERVIEW: Israel’s leaders signed the covenant, committing themselves to God and his ways.
BIG IDEA: Commit to follow God today.
KEY VERSE: Nehemiah 10:29 (Nehemiah reports of Israel’s commitment)
…joined their leaders and bound themselves with an oath. They swore a curse on themselves if they failed to obey the Law of God as issued by his servant Moses. They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, regulations, and decrees of the Lord our Lord…
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to trust me and follow me and say yes to all the ways I lead and nudge you forward. Live for me, even if those around you think you’re strange or go in a different direction. Follow my leadership in your home and outside of it, and do not neglect your local church. Build community within it, encouraging believers and doing all you can to faithfully serve and disciple others.
Your commitment is to me, but don’t keep it a secret. Go public with your faith. Let others know of your intention to follow me and ask them to hold you accountable. Don’t do that to impress others; do it to strengthen your faith and keep your spiritual eyes and ears sharp. Invite others to join you. Be willing to follow me on your own, but seek community so you can support and learn from one another and praise me together. Build community to grow in ways you never thought possible.
Is God prompting you to respond to him in some way? Make a decision and go public with your commitment.