C.S.Lewis was a difficult read for me as a younger man. It wasn’t that Lewis was too deep, which he was… deep that is. The problem was that I was too shallow, like a toddler in the 3 foot end of the swimming pool. The shallow end of the pool isn’t extreme, but a non-swimming toddler is too short to successfully navigate that depth.
In one of his addresses Lewis noted that one’s neighbor is “the holiest object presented to your senses” other than, of course, communion with God Himself. He mentioned one additional “more holy” object: a Christian neighbor.
It’s true you know. Since God created each of us, every individual is valuable just because He made us. Within those who are His, God the Spirit actually dwells. No surprise that Jesus didn’t mention the Greatest Commandment without including the Second.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV) [Emphasis mine]
This is where the business of being “ALL IN” gets personal. I can either ignore this reality and respond to people as the inconsequential interruptions to my life that they can sometimes seem to be – OR – I can respond toward all people with deference based solely upon the value that God places on them. (Easier said than done, wouldn’t you agree?)
I’m All In, at least most of the time. Are you?
As always, I look forward to your thoughts.
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C.S.Lewis quote: The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Quoted in: Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.