Being called least in the kingdom, might not be so bad. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus clarifies that he means the whole law, every letter of it. We do not get to pick and choose which to follow and which to ignore.
“Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments,
and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:19
For example I sit here wearing a cotton-polyester shirt knowing full well that breaking or ignoring one phrase, makes me as guilty as if I had broken every commandment.
Do not wear clothes made of two kinds of material. — Leviticus 19:19 (TEV)
Considering that no one has ever asked me to inspect their home for mildew (see Leviticus 14:33-53) nor offered a pair of pigeons as an offering following the birth of a child, I suspect no one may be found to have perfectly kept the entire law.
Yet we are called nonetheless to be salt and light. Like salt we are to enhance the flavor of the world and create a thirst for the Water of Life. Like light we are to shine with the light of Christ, so others will see the good that we do and praise, not us, but the Father in heaven. Perhaps God has a different interpretation of the law for us to show to the world.
This week’s question: What have you done and what will you do as light this week?
I will have more to say about Matthew 5:13-20 at 8:15 AM or 10 AM on Sunday, February 5th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Yours in Christ,
Robert Shaw, Pastor