Not Far From the Kingdom

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. Mark 12:28-34

This seemed to be one of the leaders who didn’t try to trap or trick Jesus. Hew knew Scriptures, and Jesus even complimented him on being so close to the kingdom.

Jesus had compassion on those true seekers. Fortunately, He could spot the false truth-seekers a mile off.

Unfortunately, we’re not as discerning as Jesus was despite our best attempts. We don’t have the luxury of answering accusations disguised as truth-seeking questions. We have no idea how close that person is to the kingdom of God, and it’s probably better that way.

The truth is, we don’t know how close anyone is to the kingdom of God, just as we do not know how close people are to Christ in their walks, so we pray accordingly.

We don’t assume much but we pray for wisdom. We pray for discernment. We pray for seeds to be planted and take root. We pray that God would use your words and actions to bring glory to God.

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