If you were to ask Jesus a question, what would it be? Take a moment to think about this…
It seems to me that there might be two general areas of our questioning…one dealing with life as we know it (all the “why?” questions, and the “what about…” questions) and then it seems that we would want to know about the life to come…eternity.
In Luke 10:25-28 an expert in the law stands up to test Jesus. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Yesterdays devotion reminded us that sometimes we get so caught up in the “doing” of Christian life and faith that we lose sight of what we actually believe…and how much (or little) we love Jesus.
In the very next paragraph of Luke 10, the expert asks the question…what must I do…?
Jesus answers a question with a question. “You are an expert…What does the Law say? ”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
This Old Testament expert quotes verses from Deuteronomy 6:5 (called the Shema) and Leviticus 19:18b (after a long list of “do not’s” a positive command…).
Jesus commends the answer. “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” My paraphrase would be something like this: Live today with fullness loving God and loving others and you will live eternally in God’s presence. I.H. Marshall says that “the ‘work required’ is love, an inner disposition not an outward qualification.”
It seems pretty simple to me. Love. Love. Love. How often do we want to make eternal life more than that? A certain set of beliefs/actions/parameters by which we can measure ourselves and others. I think growing in love will bring out the holiness, purity, faith, grace and everything else Christians value in terms of character and action. It all starts with love.
On this seventh day of Lent 2012 I would encourage you to love more today. Love God. Love your neighbor. Live a little now and look forward to living a lot later!