Matthew 22:40 What It Is All About

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:40

Every time there is a group of people that are together, there is a list of rules and regulations to guide them. Some groups have only a few regulations, while others have thousands of rules.

Governments have thousands of pages of regulations on nearly every ruling. These are done this way to guide every one in nearly every possible situation, so that there is very little to no misunderstanding in the meaning of the ruling. No one can actually completely know every ruling of a government.

Someone had asked Jesus what the greatest commandment in the Law was. Jesus answered to love God and to love the neighbor. After answering, Jesus said that is was on those two commandments that all the rest of the Law and the prophets hung.

It is easy for a person to read the bible and get overwhelmed with all of the commands given throughout the bible. There are several hundred commands, dealing with nearly everything and anything in nearly every possible situation.

Unlike the governmental regulations that people can come up with, God’s commands all boil down to two very simple commands–love God and love others.

Love is not selfish and does whatever it can to help and build up the other person, regardless of who that other person is. It is putting others before self at any cost. The one who truly loves God will not want to hurt God by disobedience. The one who truly loves people will not want to hurt anyone at any cost.

As one looks closely at all of the commands of God in the bible, he will see that all of them are either about loving God or loving someone else in some way or another. Instead of being overwhelmed by the commands, one just needs to love God and others.

You may wonder what God wants you to do with your life, what commands God has for you. Rather than be concerned with a thousand commands, focus on two–loving God and loving others.

As you focus on loving God and loving others, you will steer away from sin against God or others. You will always be able to make the right choice.

Jesus came to bring love to you, how can you return and forward that love to God and others?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; that you will love others with the love God has for you; that your life will be focused upon following a path of love; and that you will see God’s love in every command He gives you.

Matthew 20:26-27 The Right Position

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–Matthew 20:26-27

In this world, most people want to be in a position of some authority. They want to be the boss, not the worker. Very few people like to be in the position of being told what they can and cannot do at all times.

Having a position of authority gives the person a feeling that he is in control. Others have to do all the work, rather than himself.

After being asked about receiving positions of authority, Jesus tells the disciples that the one who wants to be greatest must be the other’s servant or slave.

As the world strives to build themselves up by pushing others down, God works in the exact opposite way. Jesus was sent to a world that did not ask for Him, nor want Him. He was sent out of perfect love to serve mankind that wanted nothing to do with Him. He served to the point of giving His life for others to have life.

Just as the world seeks authority and position, many in the church also seek the same spots. Rather than be like Jesus, many are staying like the world. Every believer is supposed to work on becoming more like Jesus every day, changing and becoming a new creation.

The believer who truly wants to be like Jesus will give up his own rights in order to lift and build others up by serving them. He will allow himself to become a slave to another in order to point them towards Jesus.

Living in this way shows the sacrificial love that Jesus portrayed when He went to the cross. That person is the greatest among men, not the head boss.

Regardless of your position in your workplace, home or community, you have the ability to serve others with your life. God can reveal ways in which you can serve others to reveal to them the love of God.

Use your position in this world to build others up in the love of Jesus Christ. As you are a servant or slave to others for the sake of Jesus Christ, you will become greater in the eyes of God as you become more like Jesus.

What position are you in today–boss or servant?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to be like Jesus more and more; that God will reveal to you ways to serve others; that you will put others above yourself; and that you will become greater in the eyes of God.

Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Millions of voices are speaking every day throughout the entire world. Technology allows people to speak from any part of the world to any other part of the world instantly.

All of these voices are saying different things. Some will distinctly contradict others, while some will be similar in what they are saying. Challenges arise as to who one is supposed to listen to and which ones are telling the truth.

While three of the disciples and Jesus were on a mountaintop, the voice of God spoke from a cloud to them They were told that God was pleased with Jesus, His Son, and that they were to listen to Him.

It is easy to hear someone speak, but it is an entirely different thing to actually listen and put into practice what another person is saying.

Every week people go to church services all over the world and hear words of what Jesus had said. While they heard what He said, very few actually choose to obey what He said. They do not actually listen to Him, but only physically hear Him.

Since Jesus and God are examples of perfect love, they only want what is best for every believer. They are both eternal and know what is best because they can see the eternally big picture of every thing in the believer’s life and this world.

Jesus only speaks the truth and what the Father wants Him to say. If He is speaking what God is saying, it is best for the believer to listen and obey it, not just hear it.

Every day you will hear thousands of voices speaking to you through many different types of media and in person. You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to.

While people may have some fair advice to give you, God has perfect advice for you through His Holy Spirit and His word. Focus on what God is saying. Listen and then obey His every word to you.

God will never lead you astray nor deceive you in any way. His perfect love will only lead you on the perfect path for your life.

Who are you listening to today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will know what God is saying to you; that you will obey God’s every word to you; and that God will be able to say that He is well pleased with you.

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

Title: Appointment In Jerusalem
Author: Derek and Lydia Prince
Publisher: Whitaker House and Derek Prince Ministries, International
Date: 2005
Pages: 200

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

This is a true story about Lydia Prince doing a mission work of love and prayer. Lydia was one of the top teachers in Denmark. As she worked hard to become a teacher and to be the best, she also realized that something was still missing in her life. She had no room for any religion or God. Through a series of events, she comes to know Jesus as her Savior.

Upon believing in Jesus, she committed to do whatever He told her to do. With much prayer, Lydia was given a vision to reach the homeless children in Jerusalem, a war-torn city. With miracle after miracle, doors open up for her to reach the children in Jerusalem. Lydia learns to put complete trust in God’s word and promises to provide and protect.

This story reveals the power of the prayer of faith, to trust in God in the most impossible circumstances. It will challenge the believer in how much one prays and believes that God answers prayer. It will also challenge the believer to step out in faith trusting God no matter what the circumstances look like or what others say.

The story is written in an easy to read format and is not very long. It keeps the reader engaged as to what will happen next from situation to situation.

I highly recommend reading this story of love, mission, prayer and faith.