May 18, 2020
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” – Matthew 22:37
Qualifying applies to people in every phase in life. To get your driver’s license, you have to be a certain age: if you are not old enough, they will not even consider you. You also have to take a written test. If you do not pass, you cannot proceed. Finally, you must take a driving test. If you cannot operate the vehicle safely and obey traffic laws, you will not get your license. I remember the day I got my driver’s license. I thought I was king of the road!
When I was in the service, I carried a firearm. I had qualified to carry a side arm rather than a rifle, and from time to time I had to re-qualify. If I achieved the score that was required, I could still carry it. If not, I had to carry a rifle instead.
Other jobs may require a person to type a certain number of words per minute, or to lift a certain number of pounds, or to have a particular academic degree or license. Qualifying and re-qualifying is something that people need to do on a regular basis before they can perform certain tasks.
What about spiritual qualifications? The most important qualifications of all are those that will gain us entrance into Heaven. The qualification for Heaven is that our sins must be forgiven and our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. And we must remain qualified by continuing to live in obedience to God’s Word daily.
After salvation, we need to continue growing as Christians so we can qualify to work for the Lord to the best of our ability. Being sanctified will bring unity between us and other believers so that we can work together with others effectively. The baptism of the Holy Ghost allows God’s Spirit to work through us in a more powerful way, enabling individuals to minister to others in new ways. In addition to these experiences, the Lord will send lessons our way that are custom designed to prepare us for the specific calling He has for our lives. As we learn those lessons and grow in Him, we become qualified for more privileges in the Gospel.
In the Gospel, too, there is something we must do to remain qualified. In today’s focus verse Jesus said to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. If we do that, our commitments and consecrations to Him will remain in place, and our qualifications will only increase.