One thousand years before the birth of Jesus, God spoke through Moses to the people of Israel. His message was simple: There is one God, follow Him (Deuteronomy 6:5).
This was God’s final chapter of the Pentateuch, the first five books of His self disclosure to humankind. God’s purpose was to review His commitment to Israel which was first made on Mount Sinai four decades after God had delivered them from Egypt. In the end, God was not only inviting Israel to love Him back for all His many blessings, but to express His generous love to the world by living with Him and for Him in their journey on the earth.
Today, two thousand years after Jesus’ life and ministry, God’s message to His people is still the same: “Follow Me and walk with Me. I am the Way to your future, the Redeemer of your past, and the Joy of your present!” We have these blessings not of our own doing (Ephesians 2:8-9), but from God, and therefore are invited to journey with Him (Deuteronomy 10:12) all the way.
But what is the goal of this journey? Where are we going? Where is God seeking to take His people? For Israel, it was the conquest of Canaan, the land promised to their father Abraham. Since we have no Canaan to conquer, what is the end game?
God’s purpose is always twofold. First, He calls us to follow Him. Secondly, as we do, we discover His purpose and express it into the world. This is how God is glorified, how we find our joy, and how the world discovers hope and purpose. By drawing close to God in the journey, we ignite hope, reflect God, and draw people to Him. In the process, God, who seeks friendship with every person, redeems and blesses our neighbors through us.
I am so excited to go on this journey with you! This is going to be a great year as God takes us on the journey of our lives! Happy New Year! I can’t wait to get us started!
On the Journey with you,