Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love the lord your God with all your heart, mind, body and soul, only then can we begin to love our neighbor, which He said was the 2nd greatest commandment.
So look around, is that what we see in the world or our churches? I’m not talking about good people no, they’re everywhere. We’re talking about a love that emanates from the inside out, and on the outside we are as “thanks-giving” as Christ was from the cross. How did we get off track, or as Richard Sterns said, ‘The Hole in the Gospel.’
Listen, Jesus paid it all, so we could have eternal life; he didn’t pay it all, so that we could have more stuff. As a matter of fact, He said, we would be persecuted, on the count of Him. And, talked more about the constitution of money than any other subject. How different America might look if instead of buying that 2nd or 3rd house, car, etc. We might give it to somebody in need. Wow! What a concept?
Identifying are neighbor is our responsibility. Question: ‘Are they as comfortable as us!’ To love our neighbor has to be understood with all your heart... God’s love! That’s a supernatural love! Should I, feel guilty for crafting my trade and exercising good financial judgment? No! The answer is no!
The question is, “When is all my stuff enough?” Or is that “stuff” the “stuffing” that stands in our way of understanding what it means to love My neighbor? Jesus said, ‘it would be difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’ Crazy, that’s the example Jesus left us when He paid for us a new life. Again, Jesus said the greatest are the ones who serve the most! However, the Hollywood mind-set is, like Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.”
It’s time to ask, ‘who gave us our wealth?’ For what reason? For our own personal happiness? Wouldn’t we then look like the world? Our world is watching! Jesus said, ‘By your love for one another they will know you are my disciples.’ Think about, “Thanksgivings’ blessings” as Jesus did, we’re more than stuff or stuffing to Him. As the old hymn goes, ‘Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe…’
Hey, ‘pass the gravy’!
Pastor James - Hillside Community Worship