Two understandings for this year:
“And the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.'” -Mark 12:32-33
- Loving God and loving the people around you is much more than any offering or sacrifice. Not only is it the greatest commandment–it is the greatest joy.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” -1 Corinthians 13:1-3
2. Love is the underlying value in every spiritual gift and righteous act. Check if you have it, and if you do, let it be your motivation.
With this in mind, my 2016 resolution is to engage as many people with the Good News as needed until one person decides to be baptized.
Would you like to try, too?
Please pray about this, for both of us.