If you had to say just ONE thing Jesus told his followers to do what would it be?
There are a lot of important instructions that we have received. They include: share the good news, share with those in need, forgive, and several specific things that would fall into a "show mercy" category. But if we could choose only one -- it might be "Love." After all, when asked what was the most important commandment, Jesus quoted the Shema: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And the second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12: 28-31.
To love isn't easy. Perhaps that is why Jesus had to tell us to do it. Love God -- and love others. It costs us something. Loving God means that we put God first -- before ourselves ad our immediate desires. And loving neighbors is inconvenient in many ways. But then, following Jesus, although full of meaning and significance is rarely convenient.
We're talking about Jesus' instruction to love this week in worship. Won't you join us? It is, after all, important -- and perhaps even more important in the midst of an unloving age than it has been before.