What is your top priority? What is first priority to you? How will you choose to live out your life? Are you living life to the full? Are you living life to glorify God or to be glorified? What’s in your heart? What motivates you? What drives you? Where does your hope come from? What is the foundation upon which you build your life? How are you living it out?
Let’s consider today’s reading and what Jesus has to say…
The Question about the Messiah
(Matthew 22.41-46; Mark 12.35-37)
41Jesus asked them, “How can it be said that the Messiah will be the descendant of David? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit here at my right side 43until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.’ 44David called him ‘Lord’; how, then, can the Messiah be David’s descendant?”
Jesus Warns against the Teachers of the Law
(Matthew 23.1-36; Mark 12.38-40)
45As all the people listened to him, Jesus said to his disciples, 46“Be on your guard against the teachers of the Law, who like to walk around in their long robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplace; who choose the reserved seats in the synagogues and the best places at feasts; 47who take advantage of widows and rob them of their homes, and then make a show of saying long prayers! Their punishment will be all the worse!”
–from Luke 20
Will you have a servant’s heart that lives to serve others? Will you have a loving heart that acts out of love? Will you lead as Jesus lead as a servant leader? Will you focus on the temporary or focus on what will last? Will you invest in things that will burn up or on things that have eternal value to God? Where is your heart at?
10 He also said, “You, Lord, in the beginning created the earth, and with your own hands you made the heavens. 11They will disappear, but you will remain; they will all wear out like clothes. 12You will fold them up like a coat, and they will be changed like clothes. But you are always the same, and your life never ends.” 13 God never said to any of his angels: “Sit here at my right side until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.” 14 What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation.
–from Hebrews 1
Let’s live lives that will point people towards salvation! Let’s live lives that will direct people to Jesus so that they will get to spend eternity with God rather than apart from Him! Let’s keep Jesus in the center of our hearts! Let’s live lives filled with wisdom from God!
1It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool. 2Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble. 3Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord. 4Rich people are always finding new friends, but the poor cannot keep the few they have. 5If you tell lies in court, you will be punished—there will be no escape. 6Everyone tries to gain the favor of important people; everyone claims the friendship of those who give out favors. 7Even the relatives of a poor person have no use for him; no wonder he has no friends. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot win any. 8Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper. 9No one who tells lies in court can escape punishment; he is doomed. 10Fools should not live in luxury, and slaves should not rule over noblemen. 11If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it. 12The king’s anger is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like welcome rain. 13Stupid children can bring their parents to ruin. A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip. 14A man can inherit a house and money from his parents, but only the Lord can give him a sensible wife. –from Proverbs 19