Getting closer to the kingdom

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:32-34)

Many of us have a certain level of control issues. We want things “just so.” When we invite people over, the house needs to be “just so,” and the food we serve needs to be “just so.” We know what we want, but what is more important? Is the house and food more important than the people coming to see us? How can we prepare ourselves to show the love of God to our guests?

We have multiple choices to make each day? Do we ask ourselves what is more important before we make a choice? Do we put God into the equation?

Can you imagine how the man felt when Jesus said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” The man hit the bulls-eye. The offerings and sacrifices we offer to God are a lot less important to him than loving people. Our energy and time to love people has to be a top priority…this is the type of offering and sacrifice that God loves.

Prayer: Father, you have blessed us beyond what we deserve because of your great love for us. May I be a reflection of you by showering blessings on others. May I show the love that you show me.

Faith tip: Find ways to be a blessing to people…be intentional.

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