Today’s Thoughts – Which Commandment Is Most Important to You?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
November 22, 2010
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?” (Mark 12:28)
Quick, before you go any farther, how would you answer this? Now be careful in your response, because if you say one thing but truly believe another then your answer is hypocritical at best or a lie at its worst. This “teacher of the law” had heard how Jesus responded to his questioners. Jesus’ integrity remained intact with this man. He realized that Jesus was consistent in his responses, but what did Jesus truly believe? He wanted to find out for himself.
How consistent is your response? How consistent is your walk in Christ? Do you say one thing but act completely different in your actions? Now we all would like to think we respond correctly but what if someone were watching our actions and attitudes this past week, what would they truly reveal?
We want others to be respectful of us, but do we show respect? We want others to treat us with integrity but do we treat others in the same way? We desire that people not be selfish of their time, talent, or treasure, but what about how we use our own time, talents, and treasure? We want others to forgive us when we blow it, but are we quick to forgive even without being asked? How do we respond when we are treated unfairly? Do we respond the way Jesus did or do we carry our hurt as a badge? Perhaps we would do well to ask ourselves, “What ‘teacher of the law’ is watching our lives this week?”
Often our witness to the world is hindered not because of Jesus and his message, but rather because of how we personally reveal it. Most folks have no problem with Jesus, but they have been hurt, held grudges, become bitter, or felt disdained by those who call themselves “Christian.” My dear fellow believer in Christ, what you say you believe is not as important as what you display you believe. Your actions are the fruit of your faith.
This Thanksgiving Week are people thankful for you because your actions show your faith? Now, out of all the commandments, which is the most important for you?
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.