Imagine yourself on a tennis court, learning how to return a serve. Every several seconds, a machine shoots a ball over the net at you. Each time, you hit it right back. As your confidence builds, you feel pretty proud of yourself - but then you start to get tired. The balls keep coming, but you start to miss. You get flustered. You get behind. But the balls just don't stop coming at you. And no matter how hard you try, you can't keep up. Eventually, you have nothing left to give. You're too bruised, exhausted and discouraged to keep going. Chances are, when the ball machine finally stops and you drag yourself off the court, you will most definitely not love tennis.
In our text this week, Jesus names the greatest commandment we’re given: to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Which, despite our best effort, is almost impossible because as hard as we might try, it seems there’s always more to do. We’ll never be able to keep up in that game.
Can’t wait ‘til Sunday,