Have you ever been sitting around in a place like a doctor’s or dentist’ office, a restaurant, or even at home and wondered to yourself…”What do I do while I am waiting?” Let’s look in Matthew 22 and see what Christ told us to do.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Moses and Joshua told us to love God and our neighbors in Leviticus 19 and Deuteronomy 22, and then Christ told us again in Matthew. The love Christ had for us is incomparable to any other, but we have to strive to be like Him; and for His time on earth, and especially the three and a half years of His ministry, He loved others and tried to bring them to his father. We need to do the same. Life is too short to hold grudges, be mad, or be competitive in the wrong way. If we love God, we will have to love others because He loves us and is love. Let’s look at these few things in this passage and see what we need to do to love.
First, we need to love God with all our Heart, and we do this because the Bible tells us in John 3:16 that God loved us. In Rom. 10:9, we know God loved us and told us the way to be saved. In II Cor. 5:17 the Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The new man is love because I John 4:8 states, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” So to be like Christ we are to love.
Secondly, we are to love God with all our soul. Gen. 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” We must love God with all our being. Christ, who is love, should ooze out of us so that everything we do shows Him. “All to Jesus I surrender all to him I freely give” says the old hymn, and our all is our everything. The widow’s mite in Mark 12, the good Samaritan in Luke 10, Christ in the garden and on the cross are all examples of those that gave everything .
Thirdly, we are to love God with all our mind. In Phil. 2:1-8, Paul tells us what mind we should have. In verse 2 it says, we should me like minded, having one love and being in one accord. In verse 3, we are told that there should be no strife among us with others, and we should put others first. In verses 7 and 8, we see we are to be servants and obedient. Christ is the best example of this in His life.
Lastly we see we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.
– Rom 13:10: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
– Gal. 5:14-16: 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Loving our neighbor is being in the spirit. (All people are our neighbors.)
So in conclusion, while we ponder what to do while we are waiting, we see in Matt. 25: 14-30 that Christ gave the parable of the talents (Roman and Greek currency).
– The one with 5 increased it to 10
– The one with 2 increased it to 4
– The one with 1 still had 1 because he didn’t try and made excuses
If God has given us nothing else but His Son and salvation, we have everything! We better take it and run with it and tell everyone we can and love them on the way. Why should we do this? Because of the great commission;
Matt 28: 19-20 9 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Those loved ones that were saved or the little ones that have gone on before us have beat us to glory. For us, it may be tonight, tomorrow, or fifty years from now; but we know what to do while we waiting to leave or for Christ takes us…LOVE GOD AND EACH OTHER.