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What should a Christian do?

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The Bible is pretty clear about this general question

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We’ll offer 3 answers.

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   Yes, we posed a general question, so be prepared for a general answer…But, remember, Jesus said it this way.

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   (1)  When asked this question, Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind¹. This is the first and greatest commandment.”  [Matthew 22:37]

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   This usually isn’t the first answer that people give, when forced to come up with an answer. They usually respond with #2 below², because this response often makes a person think of monks and nuns and people isolating themselves. But even such people, if  not just hiding from troubles, usually are also busy in religious or social service of some kind. In many places in the Bible it’s not a tithe that’s asked for, it’s everything. God wants people to put him first before everything and everyone else. That’s really “tough love,” a request that we could write many posts about. One-on-one contact with God, focused meditation or prayer or knocking on the door of heaven, so to speak, is the primary way, say many, to fulfill this command.

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   Such loving of God may include creating, making, or performing without–or in spite of–an audience. Johann Sebastian Bach called this “Soli Deo Gloria” (“To the glory of God alone”). God gives us time and a part of Him that’s especially in His image for us to expend under His eye, and often alone. Perhaps that one of the purposes of the 7th day Sabbath rest that most Christians have abandoned, not because the Bible says to, but because of a Papal decision made long ago.

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   (2)  “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All of the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  [Matthew 22:39-40]

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   This is the answer many “Bible-friendly” folks come up with first.

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   But it’s really a corollary of #1.

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   Our genuine “loving”–not the same as liking–others comes from helping and sharing in  many, many ways, because we recognize the extent of what God has done for us. Defining who’s a neighbor is technically the first matter. But we’ll not dwell there. Sacrificial service is laudable and biblical (see note #2), but even it shouldn’t replace experience with directed God-seeking.

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   (3)  Jesus…said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  [Matthew 28:18-20a]

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   Perhaps this is a corollary of #2.

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   We’re here today because others have done just that.

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   ¹ Luke 10:27 records the same command, but adding in “with all your strength.”

   ² Galatians 5:14 is one case when St. Paul cites only the 2nd command, omitting the first.