Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Leadership (Part 11)
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like It: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these Two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
A new Commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
I'm a simple person, and I like things simple. I'm an open person, and I like things open. The only buried Treasure I want is God's Word. Not too long ago, I bought that field and found the Chest.
Now I study the Gems within It. I try to describe Them, but no man can do Them justice. A personal revelation is necessary. Now I follow the One Who was that Chest. He buried Himself at one point in time, so we could find Him at every point in time... especially when we're desperate.
If Jesus is the Chest and God the Creator, if His 'Spirit gives life' (John 6:63), then together they form the Foundation of the Christian faith: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In addition, consider three Gems as His most essential Commandments: 1) Love God with everything you've got: your brain, time, muscle, money and heart; 2) Love your neighbor like you love yourself. 'Your neighbor' is anyone God places beside you: a sad server, stranded motorist, lonely newcomer or needy friend. Consider each to be a beggar at your gates; 3) Love your Christian brethren.
God gave the first two Gems in the Old Testament. Jesus reaffirmed Them and added a Third. Why? He foresaw divisions in the fellowship of faith. With over 40,000 Christian denominations today, with infighting that makes us look like an unattractive family, outsiders are reluctant to join. Therein, His new Commandment makes perfect sense.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You have been called for such a time as this, a time when deep darkness covers the earth and abundant walls divide God's people, both from the world and each other. Your job is to rise above darkness and divisions on a new launching pad, one His former disciples could not envision: media.
Even more, He gave you four excellent examples of just how to do it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.