28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:28-34)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
Over the last two days we have considered Jesus’ identity and integrity. Today we will examine His investments in lives.
In Mark chapters 11 and 12 there are multiple accounts of Jesus explaining vital concepts for life. Just scan the two chapters and you will get a sense of the premium Jesus put on providing vital instructions during the final week of His earthly ministry. His audiences included his disciples, religious leaders, and the broader public. When compared to investments in financial assets, investments in people are far more important. Jesus takes investments in lives to the highest level because He does it with an eternal perspective.
Our passage for today captures just one of Jesus’ many “investments”. On this occasion, He invests in the life of one of the teachers of the law, and what a master class it is. For Jesus, this is not about demonstrating His mental prowess. It is obvious that He has a more eternal purpose. Note Jesus’ parting words to the teacher – “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” You can tell what Jesus is focused on.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the question below.
In your sphere of influence, how are you investing in lives with eternity in mind?