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TAKE DILIGENT HEED

Date: September 22

Category: Follow God

Joshua 22:5
"But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you: to love the Lord your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to and unite with Him and to serve Him with all your heart and soul [your very life]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is Joshua speaking to the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Those were the tribes that had men fighting with the Israelites in the trans-Jordan area. Now that the fight was done, these men were getting ready to go home. Just before they were about to leave, Joshua gave them this commandment. In verse 5a he said, "But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you." So Joshua is referring to the Ten Commandments and the entire books of the Law. Taking diligent heed means more than just reading the Word of God. It means spending time meditating upon God's Word and examining how it applies in our lives. That's how we learn what the commandments of God are.

In a way, this verse summarizes what the commandments of God expect from us. This verse teaches us five important things. The first thing we are to do is found in verse 5b, "to love the Lord your God." The primary focus in studying the Word of God is to develop a relationship with God, a relationship of love. The Hebrew word, "hesed," is translated in Greek as, "agape," which means unconditional love.

But how do we express that love to God? In John 14:21 we read, "The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]" We can see that the knowledge of Christ is preceded by the love that we receive from Him. The love that we receive from Him is conditioned upon the love that we give to Him, and loving Christ means obeying His commandments. So when God commands us to do something, we should do it. That's how we love God.

Then the second thing that we are to do is found in verse 5c, "and to walk in all His ways." The ways of God is the will of God. The will of God is the Word of God. So in order to walk in God's ways, we are to examine what the Word of God says. We are to walk the way Jesus walked and speak the way Jesus spoke. That's what it means to walk in all of God's ways.

Then verse 5c says, "and to keep His commandments." Think about how a gardener keeps a garden. He works at it, waters it, and protects it. He does whatever he needs to do to make that garden grow. That's how we are to keep God's commandments. We are to do whatever it takes in order that God's commandments will take more and more residence and charge in our lives so that our decisions will be based on what the commandments say.

Then in verse 5d we read, "and to cling to and unite with Him." God doesn't want us just to serve Him on Sundays. When we cling to and unite with God, we become one with Him in all areas of our lives at all times. According to Ephesians 5, our union with God is depicted through the illustration of a marriage union between a husband and wife. Even when a husband goes to work, he is still united with his wife, meaning he should still conduct himself as a married man. It's the same with the wife. Even if she is away from her husband for a time, she should still conduct herself as a married woman. So since we are united with God, we are to live as we are married to Christ every day, not just Sundays.

Then in verse 5e we read, "and to serve Him." In other words, we are to look for opportunities to serve God, and the way to serve God is by serving other people. In John 15:12 Jesus said, "This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you." Then in John 17:23c Jesus said to God the Father, "You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me." In other words, God loves us with the same love that He has for Jesus. So the love of God flows from God the Father to us through Jesus. Then in order for us to send that love back to God, we are to love others. That's why serving one another is like service to God.

Finally in verse 5f we read, "with all your heart and soul [your very life]." So we are to do all the things mentioned in this verse with all our heart and soul. That means there should be nothing interfering with us diligently heeding to the commandments of God. God wants us to be completely committed to Him. So let us be people who love the Lord, who keep His commandments, who cling to and unite with Him, and who serve Him with all of our hearts and souls.

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