“Being and Doing What is Truly Great”

August 18, 2019

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In answering a question about the greatest commandment, Mark 12:29-31 records Jesus’ answer: “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (ESV)  Christians rightly call this the Great Commandment. Then in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus issues what’s called the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV) Together we get a clear sense of what our Lord wants His church to be and what He wants her to do. There’s a difference between being fishers of men and aquarium-keepers. There’s a lot of fish being exchanged from one fishbowl to another but how much fishing is actually taking place? When the Holy Spirit is at work in a church and genuine love for God and one another is real, that’s a pretty sweet fishing spot, the right side of the boat to be casting our nets, the pier from which we want to cast our lines. May the Lord help us!

Bible References

  • Mark 12:28 - 31
  • Matthew 28:18 - 20
  • Mark 16:15 - 15
  • 2 Timothy 4:1 - 5