My family in Christ,
When the teacher of the law asked Jesus which is the most important commandment, Jesus replied that it is to love God wholeheartedly and also to love our neighbour as ourselves. The teacher agrees and replies:
“…’Well said…And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices'” (Mark 12:32-33 NKJV).
Great, an earthly teacher who understands what they teach!!! However, I think that the significant thing about this conversation is what happens next:
“Now when Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God'” (v. 34).
Many decades have passed since I first learned about the straight and narrow path. I know that it is difficult to traverse (e.g. it doesn’t stick out as well as the yellow brick road does in The Wizard of Oz). Consequently I have veered off of it a number of times, but on returning our merciful Lord has always accepted me back with open arms. It is the same for all returning pilgrims! If we don’t keep going astray, and remain walking along Christ across this uneven, dusty, and uncertain path of love it will seem as if we reach our destination quicker because we shall be filled with joyous laughter along the way!
MAY CHRIST ALWAYS BE BESIDE US AND NOT SEEM FAR BEHIND US.