Most Christians are familiar with the greatest commandment. In fact, it is likely that many could quote the great commandment, or at least paraphrase it. Yet, is it possible that many, if not most, Christians have never seriously considered it in relation to their own life?
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.”
For many, Christianity has become a rather superficial relationship with the Lord. It is often more about how I can benefit from God rather than how I can glorify God. But this is not a reflection of biblical Christianity.
Have you ever considered what it would look like in your life if you truly loved God with every ounce of your being? If you loved God supremely, more than any other person or thing? Think about it! What would your priorities be? What would your schedule look like? What would your service look like, or your marriage, or your parenting?
We can become so used to hearing these profound truths of Scripture that we don’t even consider our desperate need to meditate on these principles. I suspect meditation is one of the lost disciplines of the Christian life. And yet, without meditation, a person cannot live in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.
Make it your purpose to spend time considering the greatest commandment as it relates to your life. While no Christian loves God perfectly, we must all determine to make our love for God our highest priority. It is an area that we must always be growing in. The only way that you will grow in your love for God is if you seriously evaluate every aspect of your life. Recognize areas where you are doing well, and determine to grow in areas that are weak.