Remember Whose Children You Are

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 14-16.
In regard to mourning for the dead, Moses told Israel, “You are the children of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave the front of your head for the dead” (Deuteronomy 14:1). Grieving for someone you love comes from a place deep inside that you did not know existed. However, even then, Israel had to remember that they were the children of Yahweh God as they mourned. Why was that important? Moses continued, “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (v. 2). The lives of the Israelites were more than just the circle of their immediate families. They had a relationship with the God of heaven, who chose them as a special treasure just for Himself.
Have these truths changed for Christians? No, we are children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe and of us! Therefore, in whatever we do, even when we have come into situations that call for emotions from deep down inside us, from a place that we did not know existed, we still have to remember whose children we are.

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