Have you ever been asked for your favorite song or movie? As soon as you share your favorite or even your top three someone among your peers questions your intelligence. The question is a ‘no win’ proposition, regardless of what your answer is someone will disagree with you! Matthew 22 shows a similar scenario where Jesus is asked a no win question.
The wisdom of men was falling short of the breath of knowledge, wisdom & authority that Jesus possessed (of course, Jesus is God with skin). One such encounter is recorded in Matthew 22. Jesus has just silenced the Sadducees (Matt. 22:34) and so the Pharisees decided it was their turn to “stump the Teacher.” The put up an expert in the law to question Jesus by asking a trick question of sorts – “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” In that day over 600 Laws existed…so many that people had determined which were laws were priority & which laws were secondary. So the question was an attempt to get Jesus to say any law (which was then up for debate on whether it was truly the greatest or not), then they could argue that Jesus was not wise.
Jesus instead quoted Old Testament Scripture. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul & with all your mind. This is the first & greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law & the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
You see if someone loves God the way we are called to love God, with everything we have and everything we are…we will be doing all that the Law and the Prophets have called us to do. When God is our passion, our purpose & our desire, we make decisions through a different lens then we typically would. Decisions are based on what God desires, for God’s plan & with a heart to see God Glorified…as opposed to being guided by our own desires, wisdom & wanting ourselves to look great. In order to leave a Lasting Impact, we have to be a people striving to love God in this way!
The way we work towards this is through reading God’s Word & by praying. We go to the Lord asking for His will to be transferred into our lives and to seek how He would use us throughout the day to further His Kingdom. We learn what God has spoken to us through Scripture and it changes us in areas of our lives we have been ashamed of , mold us into what we were created to be & shape our future to be used to leave a lasting impact!
A life where you love God with everything you are and have is a life of joy, purpose & fullness. Failure in this venture will occur more than what we care to admit, but we fall on our knees ask for forgiveness & then live in the grace that God extends us in order to accomplish what He has put before us. What is the greatest commandment? Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul & with all of your mind! This week we are reading through 1 Timothy. A chapter a day…go get started now!
P.S. Other references from last night for further study, prayer & thought: