How Can We Fulfill The Greatest Commandment In Our Lives This Holy Week?
It’s been falsely said that God will never give you more than you can handle. Jesus can prove through this last week of his life that God gives you His power to equip you to handle anything and everything. Even when you feel like you’re being attacked or judged or even under-appreciated. He spends his last day of teaching by sharing stories about paying taxes, the resurrection, the greatest commandment and more. Every time he is faced with the Pharisees against him, he is able to teach them in a way that silences their questions. God gives Jesus just the right words when they are needed. He promises us that and so much more.
In Matthew 21: 21-22, Jesus tells us that “…if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” This was after the disciples questioned Jesus’ ability to cause a fig tree to wither just by speaking it. It begs us to ask what kinds of mountains do we face? Have we talked to God about them? How strong IS our faith?
The stronger our belief, the more likely our prayers will be in tune with God’s will, and then God will be happy to grant them. He doesn’t offer us the gift of answered prayers if we are not aligning ourselves with him. Our actions and thoughts must match up with God’s Word, He knows our true intentions so being fake as the leaders of the Israel church were doesn’t get us where we desire. Because it’s less than God desires for us.
God desires the very best for us. His greatest desire is for us to love one another. “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.” Matthew 22:37-39 comes at such a beautiful, bittersweet time. Jesus is so close to the ultimate act of love for us with the crucifixion just days away.
How can we take the knowledge of that love and His desires for us and put them to use? How can we fulfill the greatest commandment in our lives this Holy Week?