“Do this and you will live.” ~Jesus (Luke 10:25-37)
What does it mean to really live? This question struck me as I’ve been spending time with chapter 10 of Luke’s gospel this week. So, I thought I would ask you the same question. We are certainly given plenty of suggestions on what it means to really live; everything from what to drive, what to wear, what to smell like, what to drink, who to date, music to listen to, etc. All of these things are about the individual and seem to miss the point of what it means to really live.
Jesus makes this statement after hearing an individual give this answer to the question about how to inherit eternal life, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do this and you will live,” Jesus says. Is it possible that we’ve been misguided in what it means to really live? Have we really thought it was more about ourselves and less about others?
Love God. Love others.
Do this and really live.