Right now our church is going through the transformational church evaluation. As we were starting the process a few weeks ago, a representative from our state convention came to talk us through what was going to happen. During his presentation, he shared something that he called the Great Commandment Matrix. It is based on Matthew 22:37-40,
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Great Commandment Matrix (pictured below) is based on the idea that churches (and their members) should be practicing each of these commandments equally. If you focus too much on one commandment or the other, your fleshly self will end up drifting away from what you had originally intended to practice.
As this handout was shared, the leader shared the following quote and asked us to reflect on which square we fall into.
People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
― D.A. Carson
During this time of reflection, I was convicted and realized how often I drift away from “Christ-centered” into the three bad categories. Often I look for feelings of spirituality to drift my way instead of putting in “grace-driven” effort. As a result, in the coming weeks I want to renew my resolve in prayer and Bible study and ministry to others. I am making my mantra, “Love God, Love Others”. I pray that I will love God, and out of that love, love others.
Are you drifting today? Or are you pressing on towards holiness?