What do you think of when you see or hear this word? Music? A speech? Certainly not a transcript! Notes include the recording of a thought via voice or virtual, perhaps even a scribble on a “post-it” or the back of an envelope or business card, whatever you have handy. We take notes with a purpose, to help us remember! a name or a thought with the end result being an action. Yes! Is it easier to remember a note or two or an entire page of a “commander’s intent” or contract clause?
God has ensured that we have all we need for life with Him, both eternal and temporal. The bigger story goes from Genesis to Revelation, not unlike a symphony being a collection of one note at a time! But Jesus told one inquirer, who was familiar with these books of law and history, prophecy and wisdom and song, to “take note.”
“He said to him, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”” Note to self: love God and others!
Years following, Apostle Paul (apostle is understood to be the first generation of those who knew Jesus personally) instructed the church at Corinth, Greece, “I will show you an even better way (than gifts, “admin,” and activities). If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” If we’re not compelled, motivated by God’s love for us and loving Him in return, then we’re not empowered by His Holy Spirit to truly love one another, even enemies.
Father, You’ve provided more for us than notes on scraps of paper. Never stop drawing us near to You to read and hear Your thoughts, impressing on us notes to live in Your ways unto a more full life as You have designed, even unto forever…with You.
Notes! I was once instructed to never allow certain senior officers back in my boss’s office — they took no notes! Take them, write them down. Use them. Remember them. When you see a “thought” from God, treat it with the respect due — Him; then carry on! and serve Him with endearment.
Matthew 22:37, 39-40, 1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:1 HCSB