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Holy Week Devotional: Mar 29

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Today’s Texts: Psalm 36:5-11; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

The Two Greatest Commandments: Its a “both . . . and,” not an “either . . . or!”

The two greatest commandments are to love God with all our being and to love people as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). However, it seems some Christians focus more on loving God while others focus more on loving people (help the needy, social justice, etc).

Jesus was very clear in His teaching about the two greatest commandments. We are to both love God and love people. Jesus did not say we are to either love God or love people! We must seek both the vertical and horizontal experiences and expressions of God’s love and righteousness. In principle, we receive God’s love through faith in Jesus Christ and then respond with love demonstrated both vertically to God as well as horizontally to people.

Why did Jesus sacrifice Himself for us? Jesus died to pay the penalty for all our sins that we might experience and express God’s love and righteousness. We are to love and serve God and others (Hebrews 9:14; Isaiah 42:6-7).

As Asian American Christians, we sometimes focus more the intellectual aspect of our faith (Bible study, teaching, etc.). But sharing God’s love in tangible expressions of care for people (especially those who are poor and needy) requires us to leave our “comfort zones.” We are to speak up for “the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9), regardless of risk.

Praise the Lord for an increase in Asian American Christians who are investing their resources (education, wealth, talents) to serve the needy as an expression of God’s love and righteousness. Many trained in law, medicine, business, education, social work, etc  are serving the poor and needy and people in general.

Lets take a moment to reflect on God’s love and grace expressed to us through the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus (Romans 5:8). May the grace of God motivate us to live out God’s love and righteousness (Titus 2:11f).  May God be glorified as we reach out to people in need, loving both God and people.

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Louis Lee

Louis Lee is the General Director of Ministries for English Speaking Asians (MESA) and Pastor of Chinese Community Church of Sacramento. Louis’ parents came from China but he was born in the US and grew up near Detroit, Michigan. He has been in pastoral and para-church ministry since 1979. Louis and his wife, Eileen, have two grown sons, and live in Elk Grove, CA.
Check out an interview with Louis Lee about Asian American ministries: Part 1, Part 2

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