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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Activate Your GPS

By Ken Horn
Aug. 1, 2010

More and more people are being guided by a GPS — a global positioning system that shows where they are and helps them get to where they want to go. The Scripture has its own GPS, available free of charge to everyone, that provides spiritual guidance to get you where you need to go in life.

When Jesus was asked, “Which is the first commandment of all?” He answered, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:28-31, NKJV).

Here you have the divine order for our lives:

God
P
eople
Self

Our first priority is God. This, says Jesus, is the commandment that carries the most weight of any commandment. It is found in the passage known so well to the Jews whom Jesus was addressing, the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4,5).

But if your devotion to God is genuine, it will produce a by-product — love for the people around you. Leviticus 19:18 records this second most important commandment.

It is then understood that self drops to last place.

First God, then everyone else, and then self. Most of us need to be regularly reminded of this order. That last one has a way of creeping up into first place.

Most Christians would be grateful for a spiritual GPS that clearly pointed them to God’s will. It’s right here, but we often fail to get this biblical GPS to work because we have it set on the coordinates for self. A godly positioning system starts with God, then people, then self. Get those in the right order, and God’s direction will be far easier to find.

Ken Horn

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