Read Matthew 22 – What’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING.
Jesus teaches through the parable of the wedding banquet. He showed us three unworthy reactions to the invitation: refusal, distraction and showing up unchanged. Those with the invitation refused to come. The same applies to heaven; no one is getting in based on family religion. No one is getting in having heard the Gospel and doing nothing with it. And no one is getting in without being clothed in Jesus Christ. Beloved, wear your Jesus- fueled love everywhere you go. Live dressed and ready for heaven.
The religious folks keep trying to outsmart Jesus with various questions. Note that the questions were all hypothetical. They remind me of my skeptical questions prior to Salvation… there is truly nothing new. Jesus can stand up to any question this world might throw at him.
The best question received the very best answer! (:36-40) It’s all about love. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus answered it is to love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And He added that the second most important command is to love your neighbor as yourself.
I confess that I misunderstood this second one for quite some time. I thought I was loving others MORE than myself, by putting myself down. That’s not what Jesus wants from anyone.
Beloved, life is his gift, and we must take very good care. You are His gift. Your crabby relative/ neighbor/ stranger on the street/ person who cut you off in traffic/ etc. are all made in His image and you are called to love them.