Hear, Learn, Follow

“Moses summoned all Israel and said: “Hear, O Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today.  Learn them and be sure to follow them”Deuteronomy 5:1 (NIV)

Before we begin, I must confess that the concept for today’s post came from the notes in my study bible.  The notes broke down this passage into three important parts—Hearing, Learning, and Following God’s commands. 

We have already looked at the first and greatest commandment we have been given as Christians.  When asked which is the most important commandment, Jesus replies, “The most important one, is this:  ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:29)

One of the main reasons for this blog is Jesus tells us that above all else, we are commanded to love the Lord wholeheartedly.   Of all the things Jesus could have said, His answer is simply, “Love my Father with everything you have—heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

Today’s verse can easily be applied to following this command:   

Hear—What is the commandment?  What are we called to??

Learn—Why is this important?  Why does Jesus command us to love the Lord wholeheartedly?   What is that supposed to look like?  How do we apply this to our lives?  What else does Jesus say about loving Him?

Follow—Walk it out.  Each day, willingly choose to walk in His commandments and say Lord, above all else, I long to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Lord, thank you for who You are.  Thank you that You provide us guidance in how to follow and obey You.  Lord, you are so incredible—my heart can’t even begin to comprehend how wonderful You are.  Lord, I pray that I will have a heart that listens to You, learns more about You, and daily follows after You.  With all that I am, I long to love You!