The Greatest Commandment
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
-Matthew 22: 37-40
The Great Commission
“Jesus came to [the disciples] and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28: 18-20
Hope you’re all doing well 🙂
I know we’re already almost a month in the new year but I can’t help but reflect on what the Lord taught me and showed me through the challenging situations last year. 2016 was a year full of trials, heartache and confusion, and in those moments it’s hard to understand and see what He’s doing in our lives but that’s really where our faith steps in and He reminds us of that secret place that we can go to when we feel lost.
The more time we spend in that secret place and the more time we spend in His word, the more we understand who God is in our lives and on top of that, we become more joyful and more hopeful even when we encounter obstacles. And It’s that kind of joy and hope that allows us to look past our struggles and mistakes, turning our worries into adoration of His goodness and grace.
I recently started reading C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” alongside a devotional based on his different books. In one of the devotionals, it talks about joy not being a “satisfied desire” but rather an “unsatisfied desire”. It is more than just a feeling of happiness because it is this deep longing for the Lord and His heart, who is the only one who can satisfy our hearts. I came across this passage in the book and most of you have probably heard this during one of pastor’s sermons, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”.
There is truly no one like Him and I pray that we continue to seek Him more and more everyday. I pray that we carry hope and joy with us this year and for the rest of our lives, regardless of whatever comes our way.
HERE ARE THE SONGS:
For Who You Are
What a Beautiful Name – https://www.youtube.com/
None But Jesus
Communion: Jesus I Come – https://www.youtube.com/
LO: Lord of Lords – https://www.youtube.com/