I am back to the project. Part of the lay off was because I hit a large portion of the Gospel of Matthew that was devoted to the teachings of Jesus and to many of his activities. (Perhaps two more future projects are in the works). Here are some more of the commands of Jesus that speak into our lives:
Matthew 9.37 - since the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.
Matthew 10:28 - Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10.32 - Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
After a couple of serious commands, this next command is very uplifting:
Matthew 10.28-9 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
You don't often think of this as a command, but Jesus is telling us to come to him and take his yoke upon us because it will lead to rest for our souls.