Follow Him

Christians are familiar with Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” According to Christ, this is the greatest commandment. This Scripture is extremely important in our relationship with God because if we are not following this commandment we have let sin or self-exaltation become an idol before our Father. The second greatest commandment follows immediately. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Often times we struggle with this commandment even more as we live in a world that is characterized by an independent, competitive, “each to his/her own” exercise of self-interest. But what if our culture stopped focusing on ourselves all the time and followed the advice of Jesus? One of the most common patterns of depression for example is a constant focus on self and circumstance. I experienced this personally in my early 20’s. Serving others will accomplish two important tasks in our lives. First, it will become worship to God as we seek to find ways to bless others out of the love that God has shown us. Second, it will build accountability, community, and also give opportunities at every turn to be a witness of the glory of God. Brothers and sisters, the root of all sin is self. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern areas in our lives where we put ourselves before God. If the Creator and God of everything came to us as a human and humbly washed the feet of the disciples we have no excuse for letting our pride stop us from thinking of God then others first! Friends, God will bless you more than you can imagine as you step forward in love and service. Serving others is worshipping God!

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