Are You in or Out?

Superman’s alter ego is Clark Kent. Batman’s alter ego is Bruce Wayne. Ironman’s alter ego is Tony Stark and Bruce Banners alter ego is… well you know. It is truly amazing that I find that most people’s alter ego is being a Christian. Jesus Christ calls for the complete and total surrender of your life. Remember when the Pharisees were questioning Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40, and they asked him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” and Jesus’ reply is quite interesting. In the context starting in verse 15 it says, “Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.” You see the Pharisees were not really interested in what Jesus had to say at all but they were hoping to find another reason to accuse Jesus. So Jesus answers their question about paying taxes to Caesar (21), which is immediately followed by the Sadducees who questioned Jesus about the resurrection (23-33). Once again leaving the crowd in “astonishment (33)” and “marveling (22)” as before Jesus continues listening to the Pharisees silly questions and finally ask him what is the greatest commandment (36)? Can you imagine what the Pharisees are thinking? Perhaps they must have thought finally we have trapped him! How will he be able to escape this? Well Jesus does not give them anyone of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 but He knew His Scripture and choose a passage from Deuteronomy chapter 6 verses 4-6. Also known as the Shema or the command and hearing and Jesus replies, the greatest commandment is to, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (38).” The heart meant the entire person not the organ responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. The heart was known as the seat of physical life, that is to say you cannot live a day without Christ if you love him. I truly believe that the difference between one getting into heaven or not apart from repenting and believing in Christ is this commandment. This commandment is bound up with true belief in Christ. Christians do not have have alter egos. We are full time, fully committed all the time servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”
Matthew 23:12

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