23 BSF Matthew Week 23, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

I was really struck by how I, like the lawyer who asked the question of Jesus about which is the most important commandment, sell myself short.

We prioritize.  We are taught to identify which are the big rocks, the most important tasks, and put them first.  Eat that frog, don’t sweat the small stuff.  I’ve read the books and I understand how that approach can help navigate the pressures of life on this earth.

If I do my lesson each day and spend some quiet time in prayer, I think I’m doing pretty good.  But I’m not “holy”.  That approach would not qualify me to be a “treasured possession” of God.  God wants “All”.

All my heart, all my soul, all my mind, all my strength.  Not just 20 minutes of my heart and mind, but all.  Yes, we trip and fall and veer off path – we sin.

The lawyer asking the question of Jesus was on this path.  I can’t keep all the commandments all the time, so which one or ones are the most important and I’ll prioritize those first.  What is the minimum passing grade, Jesus?  What is the least I have to do?

But God says, you will sin, but then repent and give it all back to me.  If you fall down, that does not mean you have reached the final destination, you just tripped.  Get up and keep going.

What would a day look like if every calorie I burned reflected God’s strength.  What if every thought was directed to His glory?  What if my heart and soul fully reflected His love for 1440 minutes in a row?  That would be holiness.  I am not capable of that but God is capable of that.  Ask and He can move mountains.  Why do we settle for “doing pretty good” when we are created to be so much more?

My Answers:

6.
a.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul mind (and strength)

b.
Look out for yourself first, charity begins at home,

c.
We protect our own life – we feed and clothe ourselves and see to our needs of comfort and security.  These same basic instincts, through love, should extend to others.

d.
Why would someone do this without a belief in God, how would anyone understand true love?

7.
a.
Heart:   Having no love that you put before God, that you would not give up for Him
Soul: Pledging not just this life but eternity to Him, we are souls with a body, not bodies with a soul.
Mind: To think first of God, even above self, to trust in Him above reason
Strength: Physical ability – not just philosophical or spiritual, but real

b.
Start my day with God.  End my day with God.  Take better care of my heart, soul, mind, strength.  They belong to God, I am just the steward, the renter.

c.
made holy by God, chosen, treasured possession, based on love and commitment of God

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