"A Minute with the Master" - Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - by Rev. Everett Kimble
Matthew 22:37-40 King James Version (KJV) “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 neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
I read a story of a rabbi talking with a young man, and the rabbi asks, “Young man why are you eating that fish? The young man answers “because I love fish.” So you take the fish out of the water, kill it and cook it because you love fish? No, you take the fish out of the water, kill it and cook it because you love yourself and the fish only satisfies your desire.” Much of what we call love today is just “fish love.” We do things because they feed into our selfish desires, not because they help or satisfy others.
The passage today is a very familiar one, and it reminds us that we should be striving to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. That’s a pretty tall order when we think about it because most of us will go to great lengths to get the things we want or to satisfy our basic needs. I can only imagine what I would do if I found myself hungry with no means of getting food, or homeless and unable to come in out of the weather. But the sad truth is, many of our neighbors are going through these things every day, but how often do we take the time to stop and do for them the things we would like for someone to do for us? Occasionally I will stop and give a few dollars to someone on the street corner, but that is just “fish love” because it only satisfies my need to not feel guilty in the moment.
But feeling guilty is not a reason to help someone, so here is my encouragement for someone who can relate. God created you to act out of compassion and not guilt. He has already identified opportunities for you to use your gifts and talents to love on the people he has called you to love on. What you have to do is stay prayed up and geared up to move when he calls you to move. Martin Luther King Jr. has a quote that goes something like this. “The question is not if I help them what will happen to me, but rather if I don’t help what will happen to them.”
“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 neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
God knows who you are and what you are capable of so trust Him and let Him use you to do something wonderful. You are the blessing. Have a great day.
Additional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.