Sunday: October 25, 2020
Matthew 22:35,36 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
If I have the opportunity to set questions for an exam I am to take part in, I will select lines of questions that play to my strengths. It makes little sense to be disadvantaged in those circumstances. This was exactly the plot the pharisees followed- haven’t realised that the Sadducees had been silenced, they decided to take the fight into their terrain; a place where they were strongest ‘matters of the law’. Hence the question ‘which of the commandments of the law is the greatest?’
That was clever play only that they failed to realise that they also played to a strength of Jesus inadvertently. They had failed to realise that their question was addressed to “The word of God” so there was no win for them, not under the existing conditions. But a genius move on their part we could say.
My dear, it is important that we a consciously strive to know what our strengths and to engage them in our advancement. These are not just about the things and situations with which we are the most comfortable, but those that highlight who we are, what we have and its ability to impact where we find ourselves.
Our strengths or selling points are those traits that cause us to shine even in the darkest of rooms, they cause us to sparkle where no glitter is present. They lift us head and shoulders above even if we aren’t the tallest and as Solomon touches on, those strengths will grant us access to audiences unimaginable. So this might seem like a stern conclusion, but hear this “DO NOT DOWNPLAY YOUR STRENGTHS.”