Worship, mission and balance

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:37

This is something that I am thinking about a lot and trying to work out at the minute. As someone pointed out to me the other day when pressed Jesus refused to give one answer to the most important commandment because the two are intertwined. They are both important. We love God through loving other people (Matthew 25) and I believe that through loving God we will come to love other people. If one is missing then something is wrong.

When Jesus meets Martha and Mary he says that Mary has chosen the better position, sitting in his company listening to him rather then running around doing the work as Mary did, complaining that her sister was not helping.

Both are valid, but not only are they valid both are necessary. I think a danger in the current shift towards mission* is that we can end up wanting to do the work, but not spend any time listening and worshiping in God’s presence. What that looks like it doesn’t matter but I think that it is still important. Not because God is insecure and needs us to remind him how great we think he is but because it is good for us.

*(which I think is awesome, if you were wondering)

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