How to obey the most important Commandment...
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Most Important Commandment
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 neighbor as yourself.’”[a] 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
A parable of Luke 10:25-29
One day... there was a man called "Self-Righteous" who was lost by the side of the mountain where there is no food and water.
"Self-Righteous" will eventually died of hunger and thirst if he remains on this side of the mountain.
"Self-Righteous" saw opposite him was a land flowing with milk and honey but to his dismay it is seperated by a great gap between this huge mountain he is now standing.
He need to cross over to the other side of the mountain inorder to be saved but He can't because the gap is too wide and the mountain is too high...
He was very distraught...
Just then He saw a plane came flying toward his direction and land right before him. And out came the pilot of this plane.
The pilot out of kindness asked "Self-Righteous" , is there any thing I can help you? You look troubled...
In which "Self-Righteous" reply. What should I do inorder to live? I have been trapped in here for days without food and water.
Then the pilot replied, what is your plan then?
"Self-righteous" answered, "I need to climb over this huge mountain to that land flowing with milk and honey in order to be saved."
"Right!" The pilot told him. "Do this and you will live!”
"Self-Righteous" wanted to make sure he can saved himself, so he asked the pilot, “So how can I climb over that mountain?”
So the pilot replied, just as you said sir. You need to climb down this mountain, cross over that raging sea and climb up that lofty mountain on the other side inorder to reach the land flowing with milk and honey.
And while the pilot was about to offer "Self-Righteous" a lift, "Self-righteous" wander off heading towards the land flowing with milk and honey..
As you all might have guess. "Self-Righteous" died a day after out of exhaustion from climbing the mountain.
My brethren you must be thinking.. How sad...
Why didn't he call upon the pilot to give him a lift?
Isn't that the same for some of us? We rather use our own strength than to ask Jesus for help while He is so near us?
Call upon the Lord! And He will set you free!
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
5 In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
~A Short excerpt from Andrew Murray "Abide in Christ"
In some things you were led into sin without knowing it, because you had not learned how wholly Jesus wanted to rule you, and how you could not keep right for a moment unless you had Him very near you. In other things you knew what sin was, but had not the power to conquer, because you did not know or believe how entirely Jesus would take charge of you to keep and to help you.
"But, alas! I hear someone say, it is just this abiding in Jesus, always bearing His yoke, to learn of Him, that is so difficult, and the very effort to attain to this often disturbs the rest even more than sin or the world. What a mistake to speak thus, and yet how often the words are heard! Does it weary the traveller to rest in the house or on the bed where he seeks repose from his fatigue? Or is it a labour to a little child to rest in its mother's arms? Is it not the house that keeps the traveller within its shelter? do not the arms of the mother sustain and keep the little one? And so it is with Jesus. The soul has but to yield itself to Him, to be still and rest in the confidence that His love has undertaken, and that His faithfulness will perform, the work of keeping it safe in the shelter of His bosom.
Oh, it is because the blessing is so great that our little hearts cannot rise to apprehend it; it is as if we cannot believe that Christ, the Almighty One, will in very deed teach and keep us all the day.
And yet this is just what He has promised, for without this He cannot really give us rest. It is as our heart takes in this truth that, when He says, "Abide in me," "Learn of me," He really means it, and that it is His own work to keep us abiding when we yield ourselves to Him, that we shall venture to cast ourselves into the arms of His love, and abandon ourselves to His blessed keeping.
It is not the yoke, but resistance to the yoke, that makes the difficulty; the whole - hearted surrender to Jesus, as at once our Master and our Keeper, finds and secures the rest.
Dear souls! how little they know that the abiding in Christ is just meant for the weak, and so beautifully suited to their feebleness. It is not the doing of some great thing, and does not demand that we first lead a very holy and devoted life. No, it is simply weakness entrusting itself to a Mighty One to be kept--the unfaithful one casting self on One who is altogether trustworthy and true.
Abiding in Him is not a work that we have to do as the condition for enjoying His salvation, but a consenting to let Him do all for us, and in us, and through us. It is a work He does for us--the fruit and the power of His redeeming love. Our part is simply to yield, to trust, and to wait for what He has engaged to perform.
New Living Translation (NLT)
10 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”[a] 11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”[b] 12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”[c] 13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the
curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”[d]
Andrew Murray "Abide in Christ"