Journey to the Cross
Take a moment to think about how you are expressing your love and praise to God. What difference does your being a child of God make in the way you live your life together with God and others?
Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Do not kill.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Do not desire your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
Today’s passage continues God’s message to the Hebrew people in the wilderness. God has just spoken to the people about God’s self and the way to be together in worship, and now God describes how being the people of God should shape our human lives together. Our Sabbath prayers and praises in response to God’s words and will are to touch every part of our daily lives. To be together as God’s people, we must be careful of others’ feelings and lives. We must build up instead of tear down.
How are you letting your praise and worship of God shape your daily life? How are you blessing God? How does your faith connect you to others? What behaviors do you need to confess and let go in order to move closer to God and to others?
Creator God, with your Word you create! With my words and ways I sometimes destroy. Forgive me. Help me to grow in honoring you by the way I live my life. Let me praise you with my care for all of your creation! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Go, led by the Holy Spirit, making way for God to be first with you always and your neighbor to be second, answering God’s saving love with your life, meeting the miracle of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ with the gift of your honor-filled worship, both day and night, wherever you are, forever. Amen.