Life Purpose - Part 3
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
What is the purpose of life? Is it to be rich and famous? Is it to accumulate wealth and riches? Is it simply to live, eat, and reproduce?
When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus responds that the greatest commandment is to LOVE God - and not just a little. Our purpose is to LOVE God with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our mind, ALL our strength. Clearly, this single statement is quite a challenge.
However, Jesus doesn't end here. He continues, "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." - Matthew 22:39-40
Friends, It's not easy loving people. People can be difficult and deceiving. People can be hurtful and hateful. If you want proof, you can read the newspaper, watch the news, or read a few tweets. We maliciously do things that hurt each other. We say things that are verbal darts aimed at family, co-workers, friends, not to mention those who don't know.
Every day, we have a choice to make. We can be overwhelmed by anger OR choose to love anyway. We can be fixated on guilt OR choose to love anyway. We can give up hope and simply acquiesce to all of our sinful tendencies OR we can pin our hope on the life, death, and ministry of Jesus, who reminds us to love anyway.
Love is not feeling warm and fuzzy. Love is acting in the best interests of another. Love is not thinking nice thoughts. It's speaking up and acting with compassion and mercy when someone is being bullied or belittled at school or work.
I know it's not easy to love strangers, let alone people in your own household. I know it's hard to te patient with those who are hurtful and hateful and downright rude. However, consider the alternative. If we do not love, we have no hope. Love is God's answer. Love is God's will for you and I - today and everyday. So, let's embrace God's love for us and outdo one another in loving others. Let's strive to honor Christ and become a little more like him today.
~ Pastor Caleb