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Are You Close to the Kingdom of God?

Why do we tend to think being a good Christian is so complicated when in reality, it all centers on love? In one recorded conversation with a scribe (Mark 12:28-34), Jesus describes the two greatest commandments: 1) Love God with all your heart, mind and strength and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. In verse 34 of the passage, Jesus commends the scribe for finally understanding that the act of loving God and others is worth more than sacrifices when He says to the scribe, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

Without love, how would Christ’s "body" on earth function? How would His work get done without our hands to help, our hearts to care, and our words to comfort those in need? Can we truly fulfill Jesus’ commandment to bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2) if we don’t have love?

The simplest act of kindness toward a person in need could be the one touch of Jesus that person needs to make it through even the most trying of times. When was the last time you intentionally let God use you as His body? If we all would reach out more often, I wonder how close to God’s kingdom we could get.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1 Timothy 1:5)

(For further study read I Corinthians 13)