Love up. Love down. Love all around. —  August 9, 2012

Devotional for today: Love up. Love down. Love all around.

Mark 12

Jesus was always answering questions. When asked about priorities, he answer to a religious leader gives us some insight into ministry that is important:

1. There is always someone listening/watching us speak. 12:28 “One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” For a Christian, nothing happens in a vacuum. People watch us, to see if our words match our deeds. Jesus knew that. He was always ready to engage people and answer questions. He knew there was always someone watching, that’s why he spoke the truth, in love.

2. Priorities are set by Jesus. 12:29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” All of God’s commands are a blessing, but Jesus helps us understand that it starts with a vertical relationship. His point is simple. Fall in love, head over heels with Jesus, first. Make that your first priority. Everything else will fall into place.

3. Let people know how much they matter to God. 12:34 “Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” What encouraging words. What marvelous reassurance. We all need people that encourage us along the way, that tell us “it won’t be long now”, or “you are not far from where you need to be”. I want to be one of those people. I want to be an encourager. I want to help others see how much they matter to the God I love. How about you?

Conclusion- Watch what you say. Fall in love. Encourage others.

Request- I love praying for you guys, let me know what I can pray for.

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