25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
Jesus doesn’t tell the man that he is wrong when he shares his interpretation of the greatest commandment with Jesus. Instead he poses a challenge to the expert in the law. Don’t just know it… do it!
Go and love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and all your mind.
Go and love your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus isn’t telling the man to do anything new. As an expert in the law he knew what was required of him in order to live a Godly life, but evidentially he wasn’t actually doing it.
In answering Jesus he references Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God and Leviticus 19:9-18 love your neighbour as yourself.
This week in our devotions we’re going to explore Leviticus 19 as this is what Jesus points this individual to go and do. In this passage we find our what loving your neighbour meant in action.
What do you know of God’s call on your character, your time and your life that you don’t put into practice?
How can you grow into a person who doesn’t just know the truth, but lives the truth out?