Scripture to Read: Matthew 22
Being a “Jesus-centered church” means that we must clearly understand “The Great Commission.” Jesus lays it out for us in Matthew 22:36–40, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him,“‘ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is, and, without hesitation, Jesus answered by telling us all we are to love God and love people. Not only did Jesus command us to love, but He said that everything written in the Law and all that the prophets wrote flows out of loving God and loving people. In a book called “Christ is all,” by David Bryant, there is a quote by George Barna which says, “The greatest need in our churches is for men and women who can envision the better future God wills for His people; who will motivate people to action; who will create intelligent plans for positive change; and who will spearhead the implementation of those plans, for the enduring glory of God.” Being Jesus-centered gives us a clear vision of what God wills for us, motivates us to action, leads us to God’s plans to transform lives, and, as this all happens, God is glorified abundantly. Choose to love God and people and never miss what God does through you.
Challenge & Application
· What did God reveal to you about loving Him and loving others?
· How would you rate yourself on your love for God and His Word, your love for others, AND what needs to improve?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!