Sunday, October 9, 2016

First Things First

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:36-39 (NLT)

What are the characteristics of the best person you know?

Go ahead - create a mental list.

My list included qualities like kind, thoughtful, honest, generous, and encouraging. Yes? What other wonderful attributes did you include?

Everyone has bad days, but most of the time we strive to be this Best Person. We’re a caring bunch. We are good neighbors.

Is God pleased that we’re good people? Is that what He wants?

Yes. And no.

When asked to rank God’s commandments, Jesus says the most important thing is to love God. Love God first. Love God with all. Loving God is our greatest endeavor.

Did ‘loves God’ make your list of Best Person attributes? Not mine. While serving God was the underlying motivation of my Best Person, loving Him wasn’t required.

A Best Person without love for God is like a coffee cup that is clean on the outside for all to see, but stained on the inside.

Our hearts matter more than our good deeds.

That’s not to say loving others isn’t important. Jesus ranks it as the second most important commandment after loving God.

As we strive to become our Best Person, are our priorities in line with Jesus’ ranking? Are we thanking, praising, and loving God as we ought?

Let’s hang out with God as much as with those we serve. (tweet this)

#SeedsOfScripture #lovingGod #goodperson

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