The Lord tells the people in this passage, don't talk about how much you love me, instead do the things that I command. It is very easy to talk about religion. It's very easy to talk about how we love God, how God is first in our lives, how He is the main thing. I have yet to meet someone that would not tell me that God is the most important thing in our lives.
Do we live that way? Do we do the things that God has commanded? Do we show mercy and grace? Do we love others as He has loved us? Do we help those less fortunate? Do our lives reflect the fact that God is most important?
Because what God wants is not people to talk about being religious, He wants people to lives of mercy and grace, live lives of compassion and care, live lives for Him. Today, may we glorify God with all that we say and all that we do.
New Testament Lesson
Paul says you imitated us, and in doing that you imitated the Lord and became and example for all the other believers. As Christians we have the great chance to help others. As God has shown us love, we can show others love. As God has shown us mercy, we can show others mercy. As God has been faithful, we can be faithful. As we seek to live like God would have us to, through His grace, we may be able to show others the grace and mercy of God's love.
I know in my own life, the greatest impact upon my soul was not made by the words of a preacher, but instead by the love of a friend. My we live that type of life that makes impacts upon the souls of our friends.
The Leaders couldn't put Jesus in a box. They couldn't trick him. They couldn't fool Him. He was always on step ahead. We too, need to be careful. We don't need to put Him in a box. We don't need to think we've got Him, or faith, all figured out. We need to remember that we don't know everything, that we don't have all the answers and there are some things that we'll never know or understand.
We need to keep our humility; we need to keep our faith.