36 “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the most important commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) 38 This is the first and most important commandment. 39 And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ (Leviticus 19:18) 40 Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22- NIRV)
Oh, I have always loved and appreciated rules. No, really. I have. I feel my safest when I know what is expected of me, what my boundaries are and what the consequences are should said rules be broken. And for the longest time, rules governed my life, especially my spiritual life. I tried to follow every last one. I just knew if I kept all the rules then God would love me more. Years, many, many years, were spent trying to check off lists only to find myself failing and feeling the need to start all over again.
Rule keeping is exhausting and it sucks the life right out of you.
But those verses up there say something quite different, don’t they? Jesus came to show us a better way – a way filled with life, with love and well, just a bunch of amazing-ness.
Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and mind. This is the greatest commandment.
I honestly don’t know how I missed that for 30 years. I think I was so hung up on keeping those 10 commandments that I completely missed Jesus’ introduction to bringing us all back to what He originally intended:
If we simply love God with everything in us (create an intimate relationship with Him), then all of the other things will fall into place. You’ll just be enjoying a life with God that somehow includes keeping rules that now, don’t feel like rules. What?! Can this be?! YES! Instead of rule-keeping, you’ll be drawing closer to Him and further away from the very things the rules were set in place for.
As New Day Community Church starts to grow, one of our main focuses will be to not only teach about having this intimate relationship with Him, but to actually live it out among ourselves in community. Relationship is vital to the health of this body. We all need God. We all need each other. Sometimes that can be messy, but there will lots of love, grace, mercy and help.
We are excited to see what God will do as we all come together to worship Him, work together in community and change our city for Jesus!
1. Venue – Continue to pray for us as we seek direction on a venue for our monthly services.
2. Provision – God has been faithful! Continue to pray with us for the right provision for each need.
3. Divine Appointments – We want lots of these! Pray that Papa will place all of the right people in our path as we reach out to connect with our community.