“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All of the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
All of the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Sometimes we have a hard time determining what is valuable.
- Money is easy to value.
- Things can be easy to value.
- How much to make it?
- Time it took to make it?
- Demand for the product?
James 2:1-11 “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”
5 ”Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?”
8 ”If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,”also said, “Do not murder.”If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.”
We are called to love others and NOT SHOW FAVORITISM!
C.S. Lewis once said, “When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.”
When we learn to love God with our entire being, then we will know how to love:
- People more than issues;
- People more than things;
- Place other people’s needs above our own.
WE HAVE A LOVING GOD PROBLEM IN OUR CULTURE!
- We love money.
- We love comfort.
- We love entertainment.
- We love being happy.
How does God think?
- He considers us valuable.
- He thinks that a relationship with us is in his best interest.
- He thinks about us all the time.
- We are on his mind.
- He cares and is concerned.