Words from the Heart for Sunday April 26th, 2020
Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 (NIV)
Great in the Kingdom
In any list of great Canadians, Nellie McClung will be near the top. The suffragette won Manitoba women the right to vote in 1916, making it the first province in the country to allow it. A writer, teacher, wife and mother of five, McClung always fought for women’s rights. She hosted a “mock parliament” in which men were asking a female government for the right to vote. As the mock premier, she first complimented the men on their appearance before telling them that politics would unsettle them.
Jesus spent His time teaching His followers what it meant to be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus would teach these principles over and over again because they stand in opposition to the principles that drive the kingdoms of the world. This is why daily study of God’s word is so important. Through that study we learn the principles of the kingdom of heaven and how to live them out. Jesus put a lot of importance on this. In Matthew 5:19 He taught: “Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” The heart of the law is to love God with our whole being and love others as ourselves. We are called to live out that law day by day in our relationship to our God and in our relationships with those He puts into our lives. And we are called to teach others to live out that law as well. How can you take advantage of opportunities to do so today?
These have been words from the heart.