This is taken from the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22:36-40 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 a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Now if you attend the church I pastor, Faith Family Worship Center in Palm City, Florida, then you know that this is our mission statement. But more so, it is a statement of faith.
#1 - (Christ is our heart) Jesus is the center of EVERYTHING! Who do you worship? Who do you pray to? Who do you give to? Who do you serve? Who do you learn from? The answer is the same, Jesus. Without Jesus what do you have? If you said nothing, you are wrong (in my opinion). What you have is a hopeless mess.
#2 - (People are our passion) People are most important. Jesus said in John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Disciples are known for something. They take on the characteristics of their master. Today you can recognize some faiths by their actions. One faith is very violent. Another is very tolerant. Some are passive while others are very strict. But Jesus wanted you to be known for one thing, your love.
Last night, in our Advance Life Group, I made a statement at the end of the session which I want to reiterate. Our understanding of who God is affects our worship and prayer life. (In fact, it affects everything.) When we have an incomplete or weak understanding of God, it will produce a weak and superficial relationship with Him. Unfortunately, this has become the norm for many. I want to encourage you to deeper your understanding of Him and allow His wisdom to change your life.
Then on the last note: If you are a pastor, a teacher, a mentor a parent or a leader in your circle of influence. I urge you to challenge everyone around you to raise the bar. Encourage them to teach ALL THE GOSPEL.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to make you the center of my life and people the focus of my day. AMEN.