This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’Matthew 22:38-39
Battle Drill Daily Devotional
This week’s devotionals go right to the heart of Christian living, as Jesus answers the question, “Which is the most important commandment?” You can catch up on yesterday’s sermon on Returning Love here.
Read Matthew 22:34-40.
Have you ever been asked a difficult question? Maybe, “How do you grow seedless grapes?” Or a two-year old child’s umpteenth, “Why?”
An expert in religious law asks Jesus a difficult question. Or, at least one that had been debated amongst religious teachers and leaders for thousands of years: Which of the 613 laws of Moses was most important?
Jesus’ answer is not unexpected. First, he quotes from the daily prayer those of the Jewish faith recite at the beginning and end of each day:
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:5
You are here to learn to love God. Nothing else comes close. Not your achievements. Not your accomplishments. Not your acquisitions. You are here to learn to truly love God with your heart and soul and mind, and to focus on giving yourself wholeheartedly to him.
Secondly, Jesus quotes from Leviticus 19:34:
Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.Leviticus 19:34
The second most valuable thing in life is to learn to love others. We are to give ourselves away to them and ensure we do to them only things that are good.
If you want to know what God’s will is for your life, then there it is: Love God and love others. That’s the best practical advice I can offer anyone! How far are you following it today?
Think It Over
Think about the following:
- How do you like the way Jesus reduces the whole of the Law down into two simple statements?
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