The Greatest Commandment

Many of us are staying safe at home, doing our part to stop the spread of the corona virus. The number of those infected by this unprecedented virus is growing every day. We pray daily in our homes for those who have lost loved ones and for others to recover and that our merciful God will bring the virus to an end.

Schools and businesses are closed and live sports have been halted. So much has changed in a very short time. Some of us find it challenging to stay home given that we are accustomed to living busy, hectic lives. You may not know what to do with the extra time we have been given. But wait! Now is the time to stop and smell the roses.

Staying home doesn’t mean we have to be idle and unproductive. This season of life can be life changing. It offers the opportunity to reorder our priorities. Reordering priorities is extremely important for the Christian and needs to be done frequently. If we are not diligent in this respect, our relationship to God will suffer. The cares of this world so easily move to the forefront and block our “view” of God.

You may be making new plans or looking for new forms of entertainment when all the while there is someone very near who is asking: What about Me? Exodus 13:14 reveals to us that God is a jealous God. This verse actually says that one of His names is Jealous!

I have a husband that is very industriousness. He plans his day and moves quickly to accomplish all that he has planned. Praise God for an energetic, goal oriented spouse! But (and here comes the but) there are days that his busyness generates within me the feeling that I am being overlooked. Today was such a day. Bringing my concerns to him; he was quick to alter his plans so we could have some time together. Again, praise God! But in the process of all this, I wondered if perhaps, this is how God views us. His children; too busy with the distractions of life, to set aside time for Him.

When asked what the greatest commandment in the Law is, Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) This is the first and greatest commandment given to us by God. He desires that we grow more in love with Him with each passing day. To grow more in love with God is to have an increasing awareness of sin in our lives and be quick to repent and ask for forgiveness.

We grow in love when we think about who God is and understand who we are in relationship to Him. Scripture reveals these things beautifully and can change our lives.

We grow in love when we enter into the presence of God through prayer and the study of His Word. Commit to this daily and make it the priority above all things. For many of us, this commitment has become the best time of the day. We honor Him when we sit at His feet and learn from Him. He is the One who laid down His life and freed us from the plague of sin. It is here that we eat of the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and are nourished, refreshed and satisfied.

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on him in truth.

Don’t neglect the greatness of your salvation. Call on Him today while He is near. Use this opportunity to reconnect with God and His Son Jesus Christ and to grow in the knowlege of God and His Word.

He wrote you a letter (the Bible) and is waiting for your response!

~Bonnie

5 thoughts on “The Greatest Commandment

  1. Enjoyed reading this today! Thank you!

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