Scripture: Mark 12:28–34
Key verse: (29-31) Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Reflection: What’s your elevator pitch? How would you distill all that’s important to you in 20-30 seconds — the time it takes to make a short elevator ride? That’s all the time you have to respond to the person who knows you are a Christian and, just as you step on the elevator, says, “What is the bottom line of Christianity?”
Fortunately you’ve been studying the Bible and remember the answer given to the scribe that came to Jesus one day with the challenge: “Which commandment (of all the 613 in the Law of Moses) is the first of all?” So you are prepared.
Taking a steadying breath you reply, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength AND love your neighbor as yourself.” You smile. Your companion smiles. The elevator dings. The doors open. Your companion steps out. You breathe a sigh of relief at having provided a good answer to a difficult question.
Your companion turns to look back at you and says, “But what does that mean?”
Prayer: O Lord, our God, you have told us how you want us to live. Help us, in the minutes and hours of daily living, not only to hear what you say to us, but also to live it out in all that we are and all that we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].