14:2 You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
As believers, we too have been set apart as holy to the Lord. He has chosen us from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
Do we live like it?
Do we live lives that are holy? Set apart? Do we live differently from everyone else around us?
The eating of ceremonially clean and unclean foods no longer applies to us, but it is a reminder that we must be holy in every aspect of our lives - how we use our time, how we use our finances, etc. We should be purposeful about living holy lives in the every day.
Tithing teaches us to put God first in our lives and to remind us that all we have belongs to Him and we are simply His stewards. It should also help provide perspective and keep our priorities straight.
Caring for the poor (15:1-11), treating our employees well (15:12-18), being generous with the things God has given us (15:10, 16:16-17), and electing wise and just officials (16:18) are other practical ways to live out our faith.
If the way we live our lives doesn't reflect our love for God, perhaps it's time for some introspection and self-evaluation.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Deuteronomy 17-19