Tim's Blog - Just One Train Wreck After Another

A recent Twitter post quoted a nationally-known pastor saying, “My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him.”

Is that what believers in Jesus are to fear most? There’s a good discussion to be had on whether there is reason to fear anything at all, once you belong to Jesus. Both sides can be argued reasonably, and their validity rests in part on the definition of “fear.”

A more important point from that quote is which words of Jesus did he himself tell us are the main thrust of obedience? There are a couple passages where he seemed to bring everything under one overarching point.

Loving God and People

One time when Jesus had silenced one group of critics, another group sent a representative to test Jesus:

One of them, an expert in the…

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