We major on the minors. We focus on all of the unimportant things in life while ignoring the most important things. The Pharisees were like this. In trying to flesh out the law, they came up with thousands of insignificant ways to keep the law----like not eating eggs laid on the Sabbath because of the work that chickens had to do to lay them. They eventually came up with 1,521 things that were not permissible on the Sabbath. They got caught up in trying to not infringe on any part of the law and in effect, became enslaved by that law. All their energy, all their passion and all of their heart was focused on not screwing up.
When Jesus was asked which law was the most important, he gave a wise answer (no surprise) which would lead to ultimate freedom in our lives. He rolled all the intent of the law into two major commandments which focused not on rules (minors), but on relationships (majors):
The scribe who had asked Jesus the question was very impressed with the answer—he got it! When Jesus saw he indeed “got it”, he commented to him that he was very close to the kingdom of God. He was right there, on the edge of understanding and experiencing everything that was promised through the living out of those two commandments. Jesus saw this man giving up the minors and majoring on the majors. So. . . . are we getting it? Ask yourself:
How am I loving God? Am I offering bits and pieces of my life? What would it take to love Him with all my passion and intelligence and attention? How would my life be different if I immersed myself in God’s love?
How do I feel about myself? Do I feel like a valued child of God? Why is it important for me to love myself before I love my neighbor?
How am I loving my neighbors? Do I pick and choose those I show love? How does it make a difference to see my “neighbor” as a child of God? How can I love my neighbor who is indeed difficult to love?
How am I majoring in the minors? How can I refocus my life to spend my energies on that which is really important----my relationship with God and with my neighbors?
We could be very close to the kingdom of God if we just start to “get it”.
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