Posts Tagged ‘first commandment’

Read part 1 here before you read part 2.

Again, I just love the passage in Luke 10 that records the First commandment. We have Luke 10:27-37, the conversation between Jesus and the lawyer on the First commandment.

Right after that, (and it is in chronological order) Jesus goes to the home of Mary of Bethany.

Luk 10:38  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
Luk 10:39  She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.
Luk 10:40  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”
Luk 10:41  But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;
Luk 10:42  but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

This is one of the most incredible passages in scripture. Mary of Bethany is my favorite person recorded in scripture. Here we see two pictures. One of a woman who is giving herself to what looks like nothing. She is just sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to His word. But Martha, oh how Martha is serving and doing what she can for her guests. That looks really good on the outside.

And Martha gets a little offended that her sister isn’t helping her. So she addresses Jesus. “Tell my sister to help me!”

But what does Jesus say? Read very closely. Don’t lose what Jesus says. This is HUGE!

HE says “Martha, you are so worried about so many things! (He rebukes her, not Mary) but Mary has chosen the onething necessary and it will NOT be taken away from her (He defends Mary).”

What? This is crazy! This is opposite of our thinking! You’d think He would tell Mary to get up and help Martha out. But oh no, this is the most valuable thing we could be doing. Sitting at the feet of Jesus. This is what Mary chose to do. And this is the onething necessary.

I believe that this is the greatest picture of what Jesus was discussing earlier in the passage about the first commandment.

If He tells us the First and Foremost thing is to love Him and then He tells us there is only ONE THING necessary, they can’t be two different things. They have to be connected.

So the greatest way to live the First commandment is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His words. To gaze on His beauty (Ps. 27:4) and to live in His presence.

This is how we let Him do it in us. We spend time with Him so that He can do it. When we gaze on Him we will become more like Him (2 Cor. 3:18). This is the way to loving HIm with EVERYTHING!

Are you giving yourself to spending time with the One you say you love? This is the ONLY place where we will become who He wants us to be. This is the ONLY place where we can live out Christianity. Or it will be just religion and duty. And that is not what Jesus died for.

He is calling everyone of His followers to do this. This is what He longs for! An intimate relationship with you! There is no other way! He loves you and desires to be loved back by you! But just as Mary had to chose to do it, so do we. We have to make the choice that we are going to sit at His feet, listen to His word and fall in love with Him!

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The Lord has really been speaking to me concerning the first commandment. It has been incredible. I went and visited my friends Shevi and Lisa. Shevi asked me to speak in the youth Sunday school class. And the Lord burned it in my heart to speak on the first commandment.

I like the passage in Luke 10 where Jesus is talking about the first commandment. The lawyer steps up to test Jesus. Why? I have no clue, but I’m glad for the conversation that was recorded by Luke.

He asks the question “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answers with a question, “What does the Law say?” He makes the lawyer answer his own question. ingenious.

The lawyer answers “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself.”

Well, what is Jesus’ reply? The simplest answer of course! He says “Do this and you will live.” When I read this, I’m like, ok Jesus I’ll do that, because thats sooo easy.

But what I believe that Jesus is saying is, “Yeah, it is possible to love Me with all of yourself. With EVERYTHING. And yeah, you can’t do it. BUT I CAN!!” Jesus said that this was the way to eternal life. This was before He died on the cross. This was the gospel before “the gospel”. Love God. The only way we can love God is through His Son! So what Jesus is actually saying is accept me, and I’ll live in you (Holy Spirit) and in order to do anything, you have to let ME do it.

He desires for us to be leaning on Him! We CANNOT do this first and greatest commandment without leaning and letting Him do it.

To actually start to love God like this, wholeheartedly, we have to do it by admitting that we can’t do it. We are utterly depraved. We have to lean on Jesus! Weakness and humility is not something that is really accepted in the Western Church. Well, thats really sad because this was the very essence of who Jesus is. And we all call ourselves Christians.

So know this, that loving God to this degree, with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength, is absolutely possible. And it is actually what we were created for. We have to do this if we are Christians. And then know this, its ok that you can’t do it. You have to let God do it in you. Pursue Him, get to know Him, let Him have His way, say “yes” to Him and to loving Him and He will do it in you!

More to come in a “part 2”

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I have been reading the book “The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ” by Alphonsus Liguori and also meditating on love especially in 1 Cor. 13. And verse 5 talks about how love does not take into account a wrong suffered. And 1 Peter 4:8 says “love covers a multitude of sins.”

If this is love, man, I do not know how to love! I am so quick to point out people’s mistakes or how they are not being like Jesus, blah blah. Or use a bible verse to jokingly make them think about what they said. But this is not covering them with love, this is calling them out. I do not want to call people out and make them feel bad. I want my love to cover all of their sins! I do not want to take into account any wrong suffered, whether against me or against someone else.

We, as the church, need to look at how we are loving. How are we loving our brothers and sisters? I know that I am NOT loving like I should. And thanks to the Holy Spirit, who reveals Jesus, He is showing me the way that Jesus loves. Jesus loves me like those verses! Think about how HIS LOVE covered OUR SINS! He died on the cross out of love, so that our sins would be covered by His blood and we would be forever clean.

So we have been forgiven so much, we have been given so much. Yet it is so hard for us to forgive and to give like that. It is so hard for us to love, and to show grace. But its Christianity 101. Its not ok for us to not love like Jesus. Yes, we are weak and we make mistakes, but Jesus calls us to be like Him. And by HIS POWER it is possible. It is possible for us to grow in love and to love like He does.

Search it out, this love of our God’s and lets love Him and others like that!

Its the first and second commandment! Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself! We can do it! Not by our own strength, but as we understand our spiritual poverty (Matt. 5:3) and understand His greatness!

Jesus! Put Your love inside of me and Your bride! Let us fall more in love with You! And let us love everyone. Let us overflow with love for people. Make our love like Yours so that it can cover a multitude of sins! In Jesus name!

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These past few days the Lord has really been working in my heart concerning loving others. The first commandment is love God and the second is love others as yourself. So there is three things: Love God, love yourself, and love others. I struggle in all of these areas. Lately I have really had a hard time loving others, and not everyone, but certain people. The Lord is really exposing my heart. My first instinct, when they start bothering me is to judge and be critical. And I start to think about all the things that are wrong with them. Then the Lord shows me that really I am being prideful, judgmental, and critical. Oh how I want to be like Jesus! And when I start wrestling and struggling with something like this it shows me the ugliness of my flesh and the holiness of God! I desperately do not want to be like this! I was really struggling last night, just praying and asking the Lord to give me a supernatural love for others, and I decided to wake up my roommate (Carol) and ask her to pray for me. I could not fall asleep! I explained to her what I was thinking and praying. She then reminded me that back in August and September I was at a place I didn’t want to be and I kept crying out to the Lord to change me, and He did! With this situation God is going to give me grace and strength, and finish the work He started in me. My prayer and my heart is to love Him without anything hindering that and that is His heart too. He will answer my cries! I just have to press in. BREAK-IN GOD! Change me, and make me more like You!

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