If Jesus Christ is and remains our center, then our Lord will also faithfully take care of the small things.
Evangelist Hermann Schmältzle once said in a sermon, that the main thing must remain the main message. These are true words! Otherwise, believers could lose the most important thing. Our problems and challenges could stifle what really matters. Our disagreements about interpretation models, theological systems or questions about end time chronologies can place what really matters into the background. Our wealth, pleasure and comfortable lives let us forget the reason for our existence. There are many different things that can obscure our view of the center of our faith and being.
The main thing is a person, namely, Jesus Christ. Paul testified: “…All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). He is the One who should have priority in everything (Col. 1:18).
The highest commandment is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). God reveals Himself in His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2). The ultimate goal of our lives should only be to seek Jesus Christ Himself, and that with every fiber of our being. He is the center of our existence as Christians, and He should occupy the center. If Jesus Christ is and remains our center, then our Lord will also faithfully take care of the small things.
If He remains our center, whatever your or my life looks like, and wherever our Lord leads us, He is faithful, and He guides us in the way He has prepared. The more we love Him, the more we will seek to know Him and His unfailing love; the more our love, our strength, our faith, and our zeal for the Lord will grow. The more we as Christians make Christ the priority in our lives, the more all else will be added to us (cf. Matt. 6:33).
The greatest commandment, to love the Lord, is also connected with another: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). It is noteworthy that Jesus does not say, “You are to love your neighbor as you love God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” No, this love is reserved for our Lord alone. Our neighbors should not determine our lives, but neither should I, but God alone. Instead, we should treat our neighbors with respect (even those who don’t fit us), and always prefer and care for them.
By the way, with our neighbors, no specific population group is excluded. Certainly, believers and brothers and sisters in the faith have preference (Galatians 6:10). But after this the following rule applies: our love is to cover all people in our environment, whether they be refugees, Muslims, foreigners, homosexuals, obnoxious neighbors, family members, or malicious colleagues/students/teachers. We do not produce such love by ourselves. But we will grow in it, if Jesus Himself becomes more and more our center, life and desire. Therefore, “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
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