Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” But after that no one dared question Him.
We’re praying right, bringing our tithes and offerings right, singing right, shouting right, quoting scriptures right, and dressing right. But we still have some traveling to do. Jesus was engaged in a conversation with the Scribes (Mark 12:28-34) when one of them asked which is the first commandment of all? Jesus answered:
“The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.”
When Jesus answered the Scribe, (an ancient Jewish record-keeper or, later, a professional theologian and jurist), let Jesus know that He answered the question correctly. But the Scribe added to what Jesus said: “loving God and your neighbor is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Then Jesus told the Scribe he wasn’t far from the kingdom of God.
This passage should speak to our hearts today. Like the Scribe, some of us have an abundance of knowledge of the scriptures. Like the Scribe, some of us still have some traveling to do before we get to the kingdom of God. And like the Scribe, some of us have what we think it takes but we still have to keep walking in our relationship with the Lord because we’re missing the hook all the law of the Prophets hang on and that’s love (Matthew 22:40).
The Scribe said that loving God and loving our neighbors is more important than sacrifices. Beloved let’s examine ourselves and make sure we’re loving the Lord and people the way we’re supposed to. We can look right, walk right, talk right, pray right, sing right and give tithes and offerings right, but until we get the love right in our worship, we still have some distance to travel before we make it to the kingdom of God.