Stop Look Listen Part 1: The Great Commandment
Many are aware of the “10 Commandments.” The Old Testament contains 613 commandments. Jesus simplifies the Old Testament down to two things:
(1) The Great Commandment.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) “‘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 the Law and the Prophets hang on these commandments.”
(2) The Great Commission. The Great Commandment in action.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Real love moves us to action.
Matthew 4:19 (TPT) Jesus said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.”
“BUT WE ARE TOO BUSY!” No we’re not.
- The average American spends about 7 hours on screen time daily.
- Half of our waking hours are spent staring at a phone or a TV.
- 49 hours a week.
- 210 hours a month.
- 105 days a year.
- 8,200 days over a typical lifespan (78 years). That’s 22 years!
We’re not too busy, we’re too preoccupied.
Luke 10:25-37 (VOICE) Teacher, what must I do to experience the eternal life? Jesus: What is written in the Hebrew Scriptures? How do you interpret their answer to your question? Scholar: You shall love—“love the Eternal One your God with everything you have: all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind”—and “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus: Perfect. Your answer is correct. Follow these commands and you will live.The scholar was frustrated by this response . . . . Jesus: This fellow was traveling down from Jerusalem to Jericho when some robbers mugged him. They took his clothes, beat him to a pulp, and left him naked and bleeding and in critical condition . . . . By chance, a priest was going down that same road, and when he saw the wounded man, he crossed over to the other side and passed by. Then a Levite [a church volunteer] who was on his way to assist in the temple also came and saw the victim lying there, and he too kept his distance. Then a despised Samaritan journeyed by. When he saw the fellow, he felt compassion for him. The Samaritan went over to him, stopped the bleeding, applied some first aid, and put the poor fellow on his donkey. He brought the man to an inn and cared for him through the night . . . . Which of these three proved himself a neighbor to the man who had been mugged by the robbers? Scholar: The one who showed mercy to him. Jesus: Well then, go and behave like that Samaritan.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
- Make the most of every opportunity. Look for someone needing help or encouragement.
- Let your conversation be full of grace. Grace is an undeserved kindness that makes things better and brighter.
- Seasoned with salt. Seasoned with salt implies being tasteful or tactful. Tailor what you say to their need and invite them to church.
Matthew 5:13-14 (MSG) Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth . . . . Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
Why do we search for the lost? Because Jesus never stopped loving and searching for us.