Love - Connect - Serve
Complexity breeds confusion and disagreementSimplicity breeds clarity and agreement
Jesus stepped into a very complex world of politics and religion. Confusion and disagreements were the order of the day. He brought a simple message that evryone could understand and connect to.
Matt. 22:37-40 (my paraphrase) Love G-d with everything, Connect with others and Serve your world.
One interesting point - Jesus makes this personal and forces us to take the responsibility by using the word "You."
You shall love the Lord Your G-d – this is something you have to do. You cant depend on the relationship your grandmother has with G-d, You have to have a personal experience and relationship.
You shall Love your neighbor – It is your responsibility to connect to your neighbor. We cant wait for someone to connect with you. Or get displaced when others don’t connect with you. It is our responsibility to connect.
As Yourself – The same level you care for yourself should be the level you care for others. Serving them as you would serve yourself.
Funny how Jesus’s teaching calls us to look inside and own up to responsibility.
Love – Connect – Serve