Day Twenty OnePastor Jordan Merritt
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:34-40 (NLT)
We all know this scripture. We’ve probably heard sermons on it, songs written about it, or devotionals inspiring us to redirect our hearts. But I’m not convinced that we fully embrace this. I’m not convinced that I’VE even fully embraced this. There is one simple word in this scripture that haunts me. Almost every day of my life I think of this one word and it wrecks me.
Three letters that divide a complacent relationship with God from a vibrant, intimate, closeness with the creator of the universe. Three letters that move us from a place of perceived “consistency” into a place of passionate pursuit. Three letters that determine just how much of God we allow into our lives.
I wrestle with this word so much. And so often I’m on the losing end of that fight. I look at my own life and see so many ways that I’ve not given him total control. Over my finances. Over my fears. Over my dreams. Over my thoughts. Over my pride. Over my heart.
My challenge to myself first, and then to you, is to wrestle with this word. I believe these simple letters are the gateway into DEEPER with God. The doorway into MORE with God. But we must walk through it. We must give him control. We must give Him access to ALL of our lives. Give him all of our affections. All of our hearts.
Prayer: Father, open our eyes to see what we are withholding from You. Let us see all the things that we are clinging to that keep us from accepting the invitation into deeper places with You. May 2019 be a year of the fullness of life, joy, peace, rest, and hope in our lives as we give You more and more of our hearts. Thank you for your patience with us as we learn to trust You more and more. In Jesus name, Amen.
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