Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

October 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Matthew 22:34-46:

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’ If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.” (Matthew 22:34–46, NIV)

The source of our spiritual life, the place we find strength, is by reading and trying to follow God’s greatest command.  It is to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  One either attempts to follow these words, or not.

It also speaks to a prominent idea in ancient life (as it remains now) …lineage.  Wherever we come from, whatever our life story, this calling to follow the greatest commandment supersedes all.  What is clear, beginning with this passage and connecting throughout the scriptures, is how growth and happiness are positively affected with obedience.  Our lives will not only exemplify this in what we say, but also by how we live.

    

To follow

the way of Christ

is to listen, learn, and grow,

and as time goes by,

becoming more like him.

     

Rev. Richard Wagner