Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 13, 2012

Laura Kent

Sophomore, Nursing Major

1 Kgs 18:20-39
Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab+8, 11
Matt 5:17-19

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5:19

When I read this passage, this last sentence really reminded me how I think God is calling us to live our lives: he wants us to go out and share his love and acceptance of all people. In the Bible, Jesus calls us to have no other gods besides God and to love one's neighbor as one's self. I think this is particularly important for us to remember when we are going throughout our daily lives, constantly being tempted by materialistic goods and gossiping or tearing others down. We need to remember what Jesus is calling us to live simple lives, not lives filled with so many material objects that we forget to stop and appreciate the things God has already blessed us with. 

I also think that it is important that Jesus said that we do not just need to obey this, but we also need to teach it. We are all called to be disciples, and being disciples is not just worrying about how we are doing; it is also looking out for our brothers and sisters. We need to help them also achieve a life in Heaven, and we can do that by teaching them about how God wants us to love. Our actions do speak louder than our words, so we must always be striving to live out God’s commandments, so that we can be examples to others. 

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