How far away from God am I?
What about you?
Jesus had many confrontations with the Teachers of the Law while he was here on earth. They were legalists and held the word of God over people’s heads like a hammer.
You did that wrong – Bam!!
Jesus was all about grace and truth and many of the teachers and leaders at that time were about power and personal agendas.
So it’s very interesting to read about a positive conversation Jesus had with a Teacher of the Law the book of Mark. The Teacher asked Jesus which of the commandments was the most important – they had over 600 at this time. Jesus told him that loving God and loving others were the top two.
The Teacher then agreed with Jesus saying, “You are right”. And Jesus said, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34).
Translation – “You got this!”
In the middle of all the other Pharisees and Sadducees and Teachers of the Law who hated Jesus and wanted to kill him, here was a man who understood. He believed that loving God and loving others were the two most important things. Everyone around him was off track as they spent their time and energy on the less important laws.
This teacher got it.
And I want to be like him. As the world around me gets more and more confused, angry and judgemental, I plan to stay focused on these two things –
and loving others.
My goal is to continually grow closer to God and live my life less and less like the messy culture swirling around me. I’m moving closer to the Kingdom of God.
I invite you to come with me.
Thank you for your truth and guidance, Abba Father.