Lord, as I look at today’s message, I see a stern warning. We are workers in Your field, called to do Your work and to harvest Your produce. All that we have is Yours. All that comes from our labor is Yours. So why do we think that it is ours?
Some of Your sternest warnings were for those You put in charge of Your harvest. I am sure that it is not a coincidence that You have placed some at the end of this chapter. Your warning against the teachers of the Law is a warning to us all. We need to keep our eyes on You! The work is Yours, not ours!
And what is the key to doing Your work? We also find this in Mark 12 (The Greatest Commandment).
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:29-31 NIV
For a leader, this should lead us to becoming more multiethnic, as we come to better understand that who You meant as our neighbor can be someone who is radically different than us.