Mandates are to be repeated and repeated often. The language of repetition is important. You can observe how often people repeat their message. Just watch a football game and you’ll see the same commercial ten times. Advertisers know is takes five or six times to break through your defenses. I listen to our local sports talk radio and there’s Chip Kelly, his coaching staff, and every Oregon Duck player repeating their daily mandate, “Win the Day.”
God too is zealous for His mandate. His epilogue to the Law in Deuteronomy 6 sets a pattern for how to repeat the mandate every day and to repeat it in every way. This is where Jesus turns in summing up the most important priority of the heart—the mandate to obey the first commandment: Love God first.
God knows there’s a lot of static competing for your space and you have to keep actively contending for your mandate.
- Mandate is the guiding priority that helps us sort out life.
- Mandate makes sure the lesser things get done. If you do the one big thing, all the other stuff falls in place (think Ford’s motto, “Quality is job one”).
So, do you know what your mandate is? If you have to think about it, even for a second, you haven’t repeated it enough yet. That’s okay. Just do whatever it takes to repeat it a lot in coming days!