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Choose Life

Tim Keller |  September 23, 2007

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  • Christian Living and Obedience
  • Salvation
Deuteronomy 30:11-20
RS 197-3

Understanding Deuteronomy 30:11–20

Moses tells us to love God and follow His ways. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy. Yet, getting close to God isn’t hard or complicated. It’s actually quite simple and reachable. It’s normal, kind, and full of incredible promises.

1. Normal, but not ordinary

Starting a relationship with God isn’t a mystery like old myths might suggest. The Bible, which is easy to get and understand, teaches us to love God, put Him first, love others, and make our lives better by giving them to God. But, because these teachings are so simple, we might miss how powerful and life-changing they really are.

2. Kindness that challenges us

We don’t win God’s love by doing big things or showing off. He just gives it to us. We don’t need to cross the ocean to find God’s love. It’s already in our hearts and on our lips. This is a simple truth, but it’s also tough because it makes us see our pride and pushes us to give up control.

3. Promises beyond our imagination

We often find it hard to understand how God’s kindness and our need to obey Him can both be true. But we can find hope in knowing that God gives us life and that obeying Him leads to life. Jesus’ journey, which ended in eternal life that He gives away, is different from the adventures we read about in myths or even in Tolkien’s books. Christianity can seem both simple and difficult. But once we understand God’s kindness, start a personal relationship with Him, and know we have a glorious future, it changes everything.



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