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
You may be showing your age if you get the cultural reference in today’s title! But have you ever been head over heels in love?
Read Matthew 22:34-40.
When you are totally in love with someone, the relationship almost consumes you. It takes up much of your time, and certainly takes over your thoughts. In many ways, this is what Jesus means when he says:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’Matthew 22:37
In response to the question, “Which is the greatest commandment,” Jesus replies, it’s not really about all the commandments and which one is the most important. What matters most is your loving relationship with the one true God.
And that relationship requires everything of you: all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. In other words, you must be totally devoted to God. The key is to notice how many times the word “all” is mentioned in that one sentence: all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
This repetition reinforces the view that what is needed is total devotion. There is nothing halfhearted in our love for God. This is total allegiance. If you want to look for examples of the love Jesus is looking for then read about the widow who gave everything she had (Mark 12:41-44) or Mary, who washed Jesus’ feet (John 12:1-11).
God must be first in our lives. Not second, third or fiftieth. The whole of the Bible can be summed up in the commandment to love God and to love him before all others. We must love him more than anything or anyone else. Is the purpose of your life to live for God? Do you love him? Not perfectly, because we all fail at times. But completely, totally, with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind? I hope and pray that your answer is yes!
Think It Over
Think about the following:
- How do you know what your true purpose in life is?
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