SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 01/04/15- “To Love God And Love Others; The Basic Essentials To All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD God Almighty!”
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/04/15-“To Love God And Love Others; The Basic Essentials To All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD God Almighty!” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Premise Question: Why is how we love God and the way we love others, so significant and such a big deal?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT)
In response, to the (designed to trap) question from the expert of the law, Jesus’ comeback was quite clear and direct. He left no room whatsoever, to it merely being an option or just a strong suggestion, when He declared, “you must love The LORD God Almighty passionately, not with just a part of, but with your whole heart, and your whole soul should desire, thirst and yearn only for Him, and furthermore, you should also honor, love and revere Him, with all of your thoughts and all of your intellect! Now, this is just the first and foremost part of the most important commandment; the second part, which is just as significant and goes right along with the first part, is to look at your fellow humankind as close neighbors and to love them as much, if not even more, than you love yourselves.” (Matthew 22:37-39 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Verse 40 of this passage answers the Premise Question. “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40 NLT)
We then, as believers/followers of Christ, must stop isolating, insulating or alienating ourselves from our neighbors, our fellow humankind!
Many do not even know or begin to associate with their neighbors! Very sad, but true, all too often. We must be willing to extend ourselves beyond our comfort and convenient zones and all other barriers of race, culture, class, fences, burgs, pain, un forgiveness, anger, resentment, wounds, bitterness, disappointment, trauma, death, divorce, expectations, sickness, depression, traditions, experiences, pop-culture, what’s popular or not! We must break through all barriers, for the sake of the Cross! God Himself, is our ultimate example, as He reached across the barriers of time, space, sin, depravity and rebellion, to connect with us, His creation, displaying His love for us, His neighbors, by giving us His best, (His Son) when we were at our worst! The only way to ever effectively reach our neighbors, is to love them as ourselves! Now this may actually be a problem for some of us though, because, in fact, some do not love themselves very much; therefore, they do end up loving their neighbors as themselves. This, could pose a major issue, so let’s love our neighbors, as The Lord loves us and laid His life down for us and our benefit! It’s not enough to serve or love with just your hands or lips, but we need to also serve and love with our whole heart! When we love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors, as ourselves and the way God loves us, we will fulfill the greatest and most significantly important commandments of The LORD God Almighty and in so doing, shall keep both sides of The Sword of The Spirit sharp and ready for all that this life may offer, as a challenge to our faith!
As God is our Good Neighbor, let us be a good neighbor to the rest of humankind! Blessings…
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19 NIV)
Therefore, because all authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me, The LORD Jesus Christ; I now command you, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, to not sit idly by, waiting for the world to come to you, but to make haste and quickly go out into the world, with urgency, and raise up authentic followers from every people group, everywhere in the world, training them in righteousness, teaching them The Truth, mentoring and nourishing them to maturity and baptizing them, by immersion, into the great Company of The Redeemed, in the name of The Holy Father and of His Only Son, Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior and of The Holy Spirit, The One who comforts, guides and empowers you to do this divine work of The Most High. (Matthew 28:19 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Within the message of the Great Commission, you don’t find the concept, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” rather though, what you specifically find, is a resounding urgent command of, “GO!” In some cases, it would seem The Church has either forgotten or completely neglected the “GO” part of the Great Commission, and perhaps has adopted the concept of “If You Build It, They Will Come,” mentality; thereby, waiting patiently for the Nations to come to The Church, rather than, The Church being commanded and compelled, with urgency, to go to the Nations, thus fulfilling the Great Commission! Blessings…
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. (Psalm 119:10 NIV)
I, therefore, completely surrender my entire being, not holding anything back or in reserve, but with a deliberate diligence, abandon myself wholeheartedly, to serving and worshiping You alone, The One True Sovereign LORD God Almighty; so, my dear LORD God Almighty, I urgently and with a sincere heart, humbly request that You keep me from deviating, stumbling or leaving Your righteous path, that You, O LORD, have clearly marked and paved, with Your life giving, sustaining and preserving commandments. (Psalm 119:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Seeking, serving and worshiping The LORD should never be relegated to something we just poke or pick at, or just have in our lives as an enjoyable hobby or as an activity that we use as a way to socialize. We should and must abandon ourselves completely to Him, His way and His will and purpose for our lives. You’ve heard it said before…”Either The LORD is LORD of all or He’s not LORD at all!” Blessings…