36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 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 22:36-40
I love God and most of the people who I know say that they love God too! But, if we really love God, then why are our lives not having a greater impact on our world? We are to love God with our everything, with all that we’ve got and He promises that this kind of love will change our world!
And then there is the second part of the command where He says that we are to love others as we love ourselves! Around a half a year ago I was grabbed by the second part of the “Great Commandment!” The part that says “love your neighbor as yourself!” If I really love God with all that I’ve got, then I will love my neighbor as I love myself! I will as Mr. Rogers used to sing about “be a neighbor” by doing what a neighbor does!
When I am honest with others, myself and with God, I have to admit that I love myself much more than I love my neighbor! It’s not that I don’t love my neighbor, I do love my neighbor and I know who my neighbor is, but the truth is: I love myself more!
Loving God is not enough and loving my neighbor is not enough! I need to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and I need to love my neighbor as I love myself! This means that my life is continually changing as I grow to make this dream a reality!
Several people have asked me about how I heard God speak the vision for Grace Place? This Scripture played a major role in my hearing from God. Grace Place is my trying to obey and live out this Scripture! It’s about me joining my brothers and sisters in Christ in trying to love God and man with a growing love and better love. The whole motivation for “Giving in Grace” is to create a tangible, visible and easily understood expression of this amazing gift that God has blessed us with!
I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I am thankful to be on the journey and I am so glad that God is allowing me to have amazing new experiences everyday! Thank you Jesus for letting me do the ministry that helps to accomplish the mission!