Matthew 22:34-40 reads: “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And ha second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

When we quote these verses, we like to talk about our visible actions. What others may see us doing. But it’s so much deeper than that.

My entire life should reflect those 2 commandments. My conversation should reflect them. How I view others should reflect them. What I say about others, how I treat my wife, family and friends, my attitude at work, how I respond to those that upset me, so many things INSIDE of ME should reflect those 2 commandments. And, recently, I’ve come to realize that I’m not always the person I FEEL or THINK I am, especially when I compare my life to those verses.

We will never be perfect. But, if we are going to choose to come to church and sing and listen to Derek and not allow the love of God to change us, what’s the point? Personally, I’m tired of being afraid to allow Jesus to change me for the better. I want better for myself, my wife, my friends, my church family.

I do love God with everything I have. And, I want my love for others to rival the love I have for myself. That’s never the easy part but it’s what my Lord and Savior requires of me. My prayer is that you feel the same way. It isn’t comfortable to change but, through the aid of the Holy Spirit, it can happen. God wants it for me, for us. And I know it’s time that I need it for myself. I pray that you’d want the same.

Be blessed friends!

Love Jesus, love people, love life!

– Rafer Jr.