“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides me.”
The Rules We Live By
What was the number one rule in the household you grew up in? Did it have to do with obeying your curfew? Did you have to remember to say, “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am”? Were your parents sticklers about keeping your room clean? It seems that the ways we were raised have impacted our worldview immensely…for better or for worse.
So, what if we committed “the greatest commandment” to the forefront of our minds and lives? What if we committed to raising our children to know the one and only Lord as their one and only God? How would that change our homes and world as we know it?
The Framing of Our Faith
The 10 commandments have served as the basis of morality for God’s people for centuries. It is here that we find the framework of our treatment towards one another. It’s also where we clearly see the reverence that is due to the Lord’s name. The goodness of His character is revealed through the good works extended by His people as they walk in obedience to His commands. And it seems that He was really up to something when He declared the initial commandment to be first and foremost.
He proclaims, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides me.” Make no mistake: When it comes to His Lordship, He is the one and only. So, how do we reveal this truth in both our hearts and our homes?
In Our Hearts and Homes
One piece we can pull from today’s verses is God’s history of faithfulness in His people’s lives. He reminds the Israelites that it was He who delivered them from the bondage of slavery. And for those whose faith is in Jesus, we are able to declare that same salvation in our own lives.
But what else have you seen the Lord do in your family, community, church, and world? How can you recount His faithfulness and favor in a way that brings His love to your remembrance? In what ways has He shown His goodness in your marriage? Have your children heard your testimony?
How can you make this the cornerstone of your household, as something you’re able to see and be reminded of? And how can your children witness and take part in your devotion to the Lord? Let this be the starting point in your journey of making the one and only God the only and only Lord in your heart and home.
Take a moment to reflect on your testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life and household. What can you have in your home to commemorate His faithfulness and provision in your life? And how can you use your testimony for others to hear of His goodness?