Daily Worship

The Kingdom comes in by our love!

November 02, 2021 2
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Mark 12: 28-34 (NIVUK)

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’

29 ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” 31 The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.’

32 ‘Well said, teacher,’ the man replied. ‘You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

A penny drop moment!

It’s not about how good we are,

Or having the right beliefs…

It’s not even about what we say about Jesus.

That’s not how the Kingdom breaks in…

 

It’s our love!

 

Love God,

Love your neighbour.

One simple command —

And there the Kingdom in small acts breaking in!

 

Love?

A schmaltzy emotion?

No!

An act of compassion for the benefit of another and expecting nothing in return.

 

Look around you!

See people, neighbours — near and far…

What might they need?

Windows washed? Hoovering done? A warm meal? Help with the shopping? An hour with a duster? Or reducing the amount of plastics we use?

Small simple acts, done with great love…

Mighty Kingdom building moments!

PRAYER:

 

Kingdom Builder,

Heart mover,

Open our eyes to the invitation to bring your Kingdom near,

To be part of your Kingdom building workforce…

Open our hearts to those around us,

To our neighbours near and far, known and unknown,

Let us see their need and hear their plea — spoken or unspoken.

Use our hands and our feet,

Our courage and our strength that we may love,

Acting for the benefit of others,

Wanting nothing in return…

Your Kingdom breaking in!

Amen.