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Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19

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“What great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?” —Deuteronomy 4:8

“God is Love” (1 Jn 4:16). Accordingly, He wants to give people the best, the greatest. Therefore, He raises up great people to do great things. God calls us to greatness because He is Love.

We will be great and our nation will be great if we:

1)      observe God’s law carefully (Dt 4:6-8; Mt 5:19),

2)      teach God’s commands (Mt 5:19), and

3)      love and serve God’s people (Mt 20:26).

This obeying, teaching, and serving is so demanding that, like Jesus, we give our lives for others (Mt 20:28). Greatness means not self-realization but self-dying. Greatness is not being like Pontius Pilate, Herod, the Pharisees, or Jesus’ executioners, but being like Jesus on the cross. The road to greatness is the way of the cross.

Do you want to be great by Jesus’ standards? Even if you don’t, will you be great anyway for love of God and His people? Choose greatness. Choose obedience, teaching, serving, dying, and loving. Be great for Love (1 Jn 4:8).

Prayer:  Father, may I please You by aspiring to greatness by serving others (see Mt 20:26).

Promise:  “He sends forth His command to the earth; swiftly runs His word! He spreads snow like wool; frost He strews like ashes.” —Ps 147:15-16

Praise:  Little Eileen looked forward to her First Communion more than to her birthday.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Obedience School, view, download or order our leaflet or listen to, download or order Obeying God on our CD 62-3 or DVD 62 on our website.)

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