Week 12: Chapter 12: Love the Lord your God with all your heart!

Monday:  It’s not ours to keep!                                         vv 1-12

‘He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son…’’ v6

This passage shows us two things:  the foolishness of man who believed that by killing the heir, they would control and eventually inherit the land, and the everlasting love of God who didn’t give up when the prophets were rejected but was so faithful to his people that he even gave his son to deal with our rebellion and sin.  It is only by understanding what God did when he sent his Son to die on the cross that we are able to share in the wonderful inheritance that God has for us!

Tuesday: Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s!                    vv13-17

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”’ v17

Note that Jesus doesn’t say that those who worship God are exempt from paying taxes – much as we would like it to be so!  In 1 Peter 2: 13-14 we are told to submit to the authorities over us for the Lord’s sake.  There are only certain things, though, that those Authorities can demand from us.  They have no control over our spirit; who we worship and who governs our soul; and yet there are rulers in this world who try to do just that.  We need to stand up for those who’s Rulers have overstepped their authority!

Wednesday:  Know your bible!                                        vv18-27

Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?’ v24

How often could this verse apply to us?  We expect an answer from Jesus but our request of him is skewed by a lack of knowledge and understanding.  Whilst we are called to live by faith, we need to develop our knowledge of the bible so that we can come to know and understand more about the One in whom we put our faith and how He wants us to live.  How much time do you spend reading the bible?

Thursday:  Get your priorities straight!                          vv28-37

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ v30

Jesus answers the man’s question by saying that loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is our top priority.  Sometimes as Christians, we go straight to the next one, “Love your neighbour as yourself” and are then surprised when we burn out or find it difficult!  We are called to serve as an outpouring of our love for God but when the service becomes the focus of our life and our time with God is compromised as a result, we miss out and are less able to love those around us.  Let’s get our priorities straight! And let’s spend some time in prayer today loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength!

Friday:  What a contrast!                                                  vv38-44

But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.’ v42

Contrast the teachers of the law (walking around in their robes, sitting in the most important seats, praying long prayers to be heard) with the widow who quietly came and gave everything she had to God.  The first desperate to be seen, desperate for glory and the second just wanting to give everything she had.  Which one of these won favour in the eyes of Jesus?  Which one are you?