Matthew 22: 37-40- Jesus said unto him, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. All the laws and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus had a heart for others. People were his business almost from day one. When he was 12 years old, his parents lost him for four or five days, only to find him in the temple teaching men much older than he (Luke 2:41-50). During his ministry, everything he did was about people
He feed them, He healed them, He taught them, and He died for them.
When asked what the greatest commandment God gave His people was, Jesus responded “to love,” but not to love ones self or your own things. To love others. We’ve already learned about the importance of walking in love, because it activates our faith (Gal. 5:6- faith works by love) but Jesus was saying something else, here.
He was telling us that people are what our lives are about. If we’re not helping each other and sharing the message of hope that we have inside of us, then we are like a seed that never took root.
Christ wants us to love one another, not because we have to, but because He did. We are to seek after the Father primarily, but after the very souls of others next. This would be doing exactly what Jesus did during his three years of ministry. This would be doing what Paul did as he traveled throughout the Roman Empire, sharing the good news of Christ with everyone.
Many people don’t feel like they can step out in the love of God, let the Holy Spirit work and share their faith. Many times we don’t feel ‘called’ or ‘qualified.’
One of my favorite Christian musicians, Carman, once said during an alter call he gave at a concert that: “If you get hit by a car you qualify for an ambulance; if you have cancer you qualify for a hospital; if you are a sinner, you qualify for a savior.”
Every day we need to examine ourselves and do a heart check. We need to see exactly where our heart is. Are we seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven, and then loving one another?
There is nothing left to lose! Once you’ve accepted Christ, you won’t “lose” your salvation if you make a mistake. God doesn’t hang forgiveness over your head and say “I’ll take it back if you aren’t perfect.”
Make sure to live out ‘the greatest commandment’ daily by keeping God first in everything you do, and also making time for people. Just talk to someone; find out about their day, ask what they do in their spare time. Not every conversation has to be a religious one where you are pushing God on someone. Take time to get to know people in your workplace, school, church, neighborhood, and family.
The best way to demonstrate the love of Christ may be to just be a friend to someone. When they see what has happened in you, they will be drawn to Him.
Pastor Devin Kroner
Howell Campus Pastor