28 words and the shoe salesmen
There is no wonder that Christianity is not accepted by the majority even though there are probably less demands in Christianity than in most other religions. As a matter of fact, in the 783,137 words in the King James Version of the Bible, Jesus said every one of those words hung on just 28 words. Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22: 37-39).
He added, “All the law and the prophets (all they said) hang on those two statements.”
That doesn’t seem so hard to do, does it? Trouble is, it’s not so easy because it takes some determination and dying to self to adhere to just those 28 words from the Bible.
James, the brother of Jesus, suggested four things that would help us follow those 28 words.
What he suggests is not easy either, but it always draws us nearer to God. First, he tells us to do something that none of us really like to do. He said, “Submit to God; make a decision to draw near to God (be committed); be cleansed and don’t be double-minded; and finally, grieve. When you sin, be truly sorry that you sinned.
That’s it. It’s that simple. Submit, commit, don’t be double-minded and be honestly sorry, repent, if you miss the mark. Those few things right there will keep us in God’s favor and help us follow the 28 words Jesus said were most important.
Our attitude toward God and the Bible makes all the difference in life. Following the Words of God may seem like an obstacle that you can’t conquer, but obstacles can be turned into opportunities if we submit, commit, cleanse and feel real contrition when we mess up. I remember hearing a story about a shoe manufacturer who sent two of his salesman to a country where most people didn’t wear shoes. Their job was to sell shoes. One came back complaining, “I can’t sell shoes there – the people there don’t even wear shoes!”
The second salesman came back and reported, “Wow! What an opportunity! Everybody there needs shoes! This is like finding a gold mine!”
Can you see the difference in how we look at situations and God’s instructions? Just like the Hebrews that Moses sent to spy out the land of Canaan, some came back and said, “Everything we need to prosper is in there. The land is filled with milk and honey”. Others saw a totally different picture. They said, “We’ll be killed if we go in there. The land is filled with giants!”
Think about the challenges in your life, then, remember that all things are possible with God.
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