Matthew 22:35-40 (CEB)
35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
“Where do I start as a new follower of Christ?”, was the question the twenty-something man asked me. I suggested, getting baptized and learning this passage. This is a great starting place for folks who are thinking about being disciples of Jesus.
It’s not a message of judgment. It’s not a message of condemnation. Love God, and love neighbor. It’s an invitation to a better way life. It’s an invitation to love deeply and hope courageously in and amazing Lord, who loves us. It’s an invitation to move beyond ourselves, to come together, and live for something more.
Love God, love neighbor. It’s not invitation only, this is also a challenge. Real love is not all rose petals. This is a “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”, Mission Impossible, only Ethan Hunt can handle it, kind of challenge. Except it is possible, it’s just hard. It’s a challenge to allow yourself to love deeper than you ever imagined, knowing that love makes us vulnerable. It’s a challenge to let go of yourself and give your all for God, and for God’s team, for God’s kingdom. It’s a challenge not to hold anything back, but to be willing to leave it all out there in the world today. It will be a challenge, so decide now, before you get out there and the world takes it’s best shot out you. Decide now to spend this day, loving daringly, giving and caring deeply, willing to be put yourself out there, because Jesus put himself out there on the cross. Get out there and love, love God, love neighbor. Make a difference today for someone else. Get out there, knowing that God is with you.
May God give your Grace for the Grind today.