Deuteronomy 6:6-9 JDV
Deuteronomy 6:6 These words that I am commanding you today are to be in your heart.
Deuteronomy 6:7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you are lying down and when you are getting up.
Deuteronomy 6:8 Tie them as a sign onto your hand and let them be a symbol between your eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.
Lots of congregations today have mission statements. These mission statements help define what the congregation does, and help them decide when they are faced with options. They are usually not too detailed, but focus on the things the congregation feels are most important.
The ten words were not designed to be mere prohibitions. They served as a mission statement for the Israelites. The Mosaic mission required that they demonstrate God’s holiness and goodness to the nations around them. These ten words gave them the guidance they needed to do that.
Our mission today is also to witness to the nations. The commands of Christ help us to stay on target with that objective.
Lord, thank you for words to guide us in doing the mission you called us to.