This year, thousands of lives were transformed, millions of resources were distributed, and hundreds were given new hope—all because of the prayer and financial support of our partners. In this special blog series, we’ll share some of the core truths behind our mission to teach, reach, and rescue. To learn more about what we accomplished in 2013, click here.
You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NLT)
This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, a stunning encouragement to let the Word of God construct my life. I love the imagery of doors and gates marked with God’s Word, of His promises and commands wrapped to hands and anchored around His people’s minds. I love the picture of men and women whose language is shaped by what God has spoken, who raise children fluent in the articulations of heaven. I love the charge to speak the things of God everywhere and at all times.
There’s something else about this passage that I find amazing: its audience. When Moses shared these words, he wasn’t talking to the priests or the Levites or his closest friends. Deuteronomy 5:32 identifies his audience as simply the people. All the people. Young, old, men, women, leaders, followers—all were invited to speak of the things of God.
Throughout human history, we the people have done a good job of pushing God away. The Israelites were the first to say, “We don’t want to talk with God. Can’t someone else do that for us?” (see Exodus 20:18-19). But God has always been in the business of making the eternal available to us. Hundreds of years after Moses addressed the Israelites, Paul told the people of Athens that God had constructed the entire universe so that we could know Him (see Acts 17:26-27 in The Message version).
It’s one of the great wonders of our existence: that a perfect, eternal God would look on His fallen, flawed creations and entrust us with His faultless words. It sounds absurd. But He does.
This, ultimately, is the message of teach: God wants to share His Word—His heart, His very self—with you. It’s why we create resources. It’s why we support pastors and leaders. It’s why we invest in the local church. Because God is near, He can be known, and all His people can carry His Word. All the power and promise He has revealed by His Spirit can be known and received by the people. Including you. Young, old, man, woman, leader, follower—our prayer is that you would dive deep into the scriptures and declare, as the prophet Jeremiah did:
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
(Jeremiah 15:16 ESV)
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