OYB February 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 17:8-15, Exodus 18, Exodus 19:1-15
NT: Matthew 22:34-46, Matthew 23:1-11
Ps: Psalm 27:7-14
Pr: Proverbs 6:27-35

Today´s notable verse:

37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

Here it is: the summation, completion, and perfection of the Law; the Ultimate Standard to which we are to strive. The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law were but a shadow of this Perfect Law, pointing us to it and to the One who would fulfill it. The Law says "you shall have no other gods before me," but Love says "I am so consumed by you that nothing else compares or even matters." The Law says, "do not kill," but Love says, "I give my life for you." The Law hopes for the Messiah to whom the Law pointed, but Love came to earth, died, rose to life, ascended to heaven, and sent us his Spirit, through whom we also live and love.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - ...are there any "religious things" that we do in our life just for "show"? Just so that others will honor us? I think this is such a fine line and something that we have to monitor all of our lives. Are you monitoring yourself when it comes to your faith to make sure you are not doing anything for "show" or for the wrong reasons? Have there been times in your past where you have done things just for "show" when it comes to your faith?

I've never been one to do anything - with respect to my faith or otherwise - for "show". In a world where perception is reality, I consider myself blessed that God has instilled in me the principle that He judges the heart of man - attitude and intention - and that I am to be guided by my conscience. I do not attend church to "put in an appearance." I abhor the idea of feeling compelled to put money in the offering collection in order to give the appearance of giving. I always try to judge whether my intent in an action is to honor God or to recieve myself the honor due Him from others. I really prefer to be the "guy behind the guy" - a position from which I can truly make a contribution and a difference, without the pressure or temptation of receiving praise for my effort. I try always to take the attitude of humility when I am tempted to despise a lack of recognition for something I've done, choosing instead to look forward to the recognition I hope to receive before the throne. In the end, these seven words are all I hope for: "Well done, my good and faithful servant."