Hello friends! It’s been lovely sitting in this Tennessee traffic with all of you. I decided this was a perfect time to share my blog. So the reading is over Matthew 22, Luke 22, and Mark 1, but I am going to be focusing mainly on a few verses in Matthew 22 and Luke 22. In Matthew 22, a Pharisee asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, and Jesus replied in Matthew 22:37-39:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.”
In Luke 22, Jesus’ disciples were arguing about who would be considered the greatest among them. Jesus replied in Luke 22:27 saying,
“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”
These two passages really stuck out to me because they are basically what Jesus’ mission on earth was: to love and serve others. And since this was the mission of Jesus, it should be our mission as well. In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God and then to love others. I feel like we all know this verse and have heard it numerous times, but it can be hard to do this a lot of times. Loving God and others with everything we have can be difficult because we are too concerned with ourselves. We need to shift our focus on God rather than ourselves. My prayer for myself this summer is to have a love like Jesus does; a messy, unconditional, and extravagant love. I want to be so in love with God and his people. And that’s what Jesus tells us to do in these verses, and that’s what he did while he was on earth.
Jesus then talks about serving in Luke 22:27. He says to his disciples that a person at a table is greater than the person who is serving, but he is among them as someone who serves. By saying this, Jesus is showing the importance of serving. In the world’s eyes, a person would be considered greater if they were being served, but Jesus says that it is greater to be the one who is serving. If Jesus, the son of God, came to earth and served others rather than was served, we should eagerly do the same. If we truly want others to come to know Jesus, we should be representations of Jesus, and in order to that we need to love and serve others. My prayer for us this summer is that we learn to love more like Jesus loves, and to seek out opportunities to serve others!
Love all of you