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The Most Important Thing

In Mark 12 vss. 28-34 : In the midst of the religious leaders of the day that were intent on trapping Jesus in his words, a scribe stepped forward to ask what I believe was the question that was pulling on his heart:

28..... “Which is the first commandment of all?”

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

32 So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. 33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

The fullness of the Kingdom of God and the Life that He offers us in Christ is found when we lay our lives aside and fix our gaze, our hearts, on Him and Him alone. 

I believe that Jesus saw in this scribe a man who had this desire to know and to love God. This hunger for God was tugging at his heart and drawing him out of the religious mire. Jesus told him that he was not far from the Kingdom. The next step would be his, to answer the knock at the door or to walk away and remain in the status quo.

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." 

By Giving Himself on the cross for us Jesus has made the way for us to enter in. Of all that we can do and be in this earth, Do the most important thing first.

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