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We want to get to the bottom line. In a world filled with information that is nice to know but not vital to us, we must filter the data to get to the bottom line. Today's passage gives us the bottom line command of the Bible, which is actually two inseparable commands: Love God and Love Others. We all know that while easy to grasp intellectually, these two commands are tough to live out consistently. Or, are they? In this message we learn what it looks like to love God and love others and we are motivated and encouraged that we can do it because of what Jesus has done for us.
It is tough to be a teachable person. It is tough to remember that we don't know it all and need God and others to correct us from time to time (and really, a lot of the time). When we find ourselves not listen to the advice/counsel of others it is an indication of the sin of pride and thinking we don't need outside information. If we do this we face the inevitable shipwrecks that come with having thought wrongly about the situation or issue. How do we stay teachable and thereby avoid the peril of pride? Using the Sadducees, Jesus lines out for us the method by which we stay teachable.
Money. Can't live with it, can't live without it. That is to say, money is something that can totally run our lives and money is something we have to manage. There is no getting around it, we must learn how to handle money. God as a lot to say about money and it would do well to help us since we don't want money to rule our heart but we want to use money to glorify God. So what's the rule? What does God require of us when it comes to money? Today's passage will give us some substantive truths as it pertains to money and our heart.
There are a lot of requirements to meet in life. We have requirements at work, in relationships with family, with our spouse, and with our kids. How about as it pertains to government? Try not meeting the requirement of paying taxes and see how that goes. Well, God has requirements on our lives as well. Could we list those as easily? If the government takes taxes seriously, how much more does as he looks into our lives. In this passage, through the telling of a parable, Jesus lays out God's requirements for us.
It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11:6). No one wants to "displease" God but faith is often a difficult concept to grasp, especially as we live it out in practice. Faith is not as linear as murder, adultery or lying, three clear prohibitions from Scripture. But, how does faith work exactly? We all want to please God so faith is a non-negotiable element. In today's passage Mark's Gospel lays out for us two important truths: How faith works and Why faith works. If we get these two nailed down we are well on our way to a God-pleasing life.