What’s really important (Matthew 22)

37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39

By the time Jesus finishes His day in Matthew 22, the questions about Him and His ministry are over.  From this moment on, death was in the minds of His enemies.  The cross was their only solution for the one they could not and would not accept as their Messiah.

Question: “Could Jesus have done anything more to help them understand?”

Now, that may seem like a heretical question, but it is a needed question.  Jesus has done everything possible to show His enemies who He really was.  But the eyes of the enemy remained under the veil of blindness and willful rejection.

As I sit here on the last Sunday of our spring trip to Malawi, I ask myself, “Can I do anything more to help these people understand?”

God’s answer was clear: “If you love me with all of your being, you will tell them of me and if you love them as you love me, it is all you are required to do.  The rest is up to Me.”

Brothers and sisters, is it really that simple?  Answer, “Yes.”  We are called to love God with all of our being and then to love everyone as God loves us.  When we accomplish this task, the love of Christ will flow from our hands and from our mouths in a way that the gospel will go forth.

Please pray for our team as we are physically exhausted as we prepare for the longest and most difficult day of ministry.  We proclaim the gospel in two churches with one being deep in the heart of Malawi.  We also present the Jesus movie which means we will be about 10 Pm arriving home tonight.  May the gospel reign supreme and may the place where you go to worship today also be filled with the love of God and the love of the brethren!

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