Read Deuteronomy 10:12-22

 

So now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? Only to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being.

 

Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the LORD set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today.  Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.

 

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.

 

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  You shall fear the LORD your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear.  He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

 

Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy persons; and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in heaven.  (NRSV)

 

 —from Rev. Sanford Downs, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Parkersburg

 

            What does God want from me?  The question is as old as humanity and is as fresh today as ever.  Deuteronomy 10:12-22 gives us some guidance on that question.  We are to love God, keep God’s   commandments, love the stranger, be as impartial and fair as God is, and praise the Lord.  Jesus summed all this up with two commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul; and love your neighbor as yourself (or as John recorded it, to love others the same way Jesus loves us). 

 

            The greatest devotion we can give to God this Lenten season is to consciously make an effort every day to put these two commands into practice.  Like any exercise, the more we do it, the easier it becomes; but we have to start by making a very conscious, serious   effort to live these principles out.  This is our worship, holy and acceptable to God.

 

Enliven our Spirits, O God, that we might not only know your will,

but that in the simplicity of obedience we may do it.

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