"'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind... Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
In His answer to that question, Jesus outlined what the life of a person following after Him is all about. It’s about loving God, loving people, and – as my friend Bob says – “doing stuff.” The kind of love Jesus calls us to is an active, engaging, enduring, sacrificial, all-in kind of love. It isn’t a notional love. It’s practical. It dives deep into the lives of the people we often would want to keep ourselves clean from.
Jesus went to the synagogues and had His small group, sure. But throughout His ministry, He spent more and more time with the types of people so many of us have little to do with. And if we think about it, we realize that we ourselves are the very kinds of sinful people Jesus came for in His active, engaging, enduring, sacrificial, “all-in” love.
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, LET'S BE A PEOPLE WHO ARE KNOWN BY OUR LOVE FOR JESUS AND OUR LOVE FOR PEOPLE.
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 5-7
- Psalm 3
- Matthew 5