Missional Challenge # 2

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Happy Saturday morning. Whatever is on your agenda today I hope it involves rest, being with people you love, and spending time with God. Make sure you spend your day doing things that matter. Today is the second day of our Missional Challenge. I probably won't provide a challenge for you everyday, but hopefully these will get us all moving in the right direction together.

This morning we are going to take our challenge from Jesus himself. When asked which of the commands mattered most, Jesus' reply was pretty straight forward. He gave a two part answer, and we will spend today wrestling with the first half of his statement. Jesus said, "the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind, and with all of your strength." 

It really strikes me that Jesus doesn't call this the greatest suggestion, or the greatest idea. He said this is the greatest command. It is not a suggestion, although we often treat it like it is. It is so easy for us to be consumed with doing Church really well, but if we fail to be people that are passionately in love with God, all of our efforts are meaningless. 

So many times, being around Christians is like being around a couple trapped in a loveless marriage. You know they are getting by, but there is nothing about their relationship that you want to emulate. In fact, there are times that being around a couple with a loveless marriage can even make you question whether or not you would ever get married. If we are simply going through the motions when it comes to God, then why are we surprised when our non-Christian friends want nothing to do with Him.

In order for you to introduce (insert your friend's name here) to Jesus, you must be in love with God. 

Do you love God with every ounce of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? 



If not, then how are you planning to change that? This is where mission begins. It starts with you and God. Are you keeping the most important command? 
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