As Jesus was nearing the time of the cross, He was questioned by various religious leaders. Some with good motives and others who were trying to trap Him in what He said. There was one who seemed to want a real answer.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Jesus was always willing to answer those who asked a serious question.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”
The Lord gives this man the most important command of the Law. It turns out that Jesus didn’t give him a rule to follow, such as sacrificing, tithing, or reading Scripture. Instead, it was a command to know who God is and then knowing how to respond to Him correctly.
This is still a valid command for us today. As Christians, we need to understand who it is that we serve and what it takes to show our love for Him.
Love God with all of your heart. Your heart is the garden of your life. It’s where you put things that you want to grow.
It’s the good soil that you should be planting the Word into. Loving God with all your heart means that you will only plant things that will please God.
If I were a servant tending to a garden for my master, this would be simple to understand. If my master hated green beans, then there would never be any green beans in my garden. We should only be planting the things that please God in our hearts.
Love God with all of your soul. That’s the seat of your decision making. We show our love for God each day by the decisions we make. Do we take God’s will into account when we decide what direction our lives will take?
Love God with all of your mind. Your mind is the storehouse of your life. Whether you remember it or not, everything that you see and hear is stored forever in your mind. That’s why it’s so important to be careful gatekeepers of what we watch and listen to.
When the Lord walks through your storehouse, what does He see? Are there things that are offensive to Him? If so, then you can clean it up through repentance and faith in the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.
Love God with all of your strength. I think that this is the one command that seals all of the others. Without it, our love falls short.
That’s because your strength speaks of actually doing something. You can’t say that you love without putting it into action.
I’ve heard people say, “I love God in my heart even though you don’t see it in my actions.” Actually, that’s not real love. Whether you’re talking about a human relationship or walking with God, love has to be shown by what we do.
It takes all of these together to make a complete love package. Our heart, soul, mind, and strength must be working in unison. It’s through these that we fulfill our greatest calling.
Question: Why is this the most important command of Scripture?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi