Heart of Obedience

In Mark 12:28-34, Jesus is asked what is the most important commandment. I suspect if we asked 100 Christians this question, we could get as many answers. So, how did Jesus answer the question? “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandments greater than these” (vv. 29-31).

Jesus’ answer may surprise some. We may have expected Jesus to answer with one of the Ten Commandments or to quote one of laws governing Israel’s morality, but that is not what we get. Jesus’ answer draws us to the heart of obedience. The heart of obedience is love for God.

Christians are commanded to love God and others because God first loved us. God loved us when we were still sinners. The cross is our motivation for love. Apart from Jesus’ sacrifice, we have no shot at obedience. That is good news for us because the Holy Spirit empowers our obedience based on Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Obedience is love for God.

Categories Pastors Corner | Tags: | Posted on August 1, 2017

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