The Greatest Commandment

A group of men went deer hunting. When they separated into pairs, Bob and Joe paired up to hunt together. Not too long into the hunt Joe killed a huge 10-point buck. Bob then volunteered to help him drag it back to camp.

About halfway there, though, Bob became lightheaded and passed out from exhaustion. At that point Joe had a decision to make. Should he continue on with the deer and get it into camp or leave the trophy behind and get Bob into camp? After mulling over the two options, he decided to leave Bob behind and take the deer into camp.

When Joe arrived at camp the other hunters were all very impressed with his deer. Eventually, though, one of them asked the obvious question, “Where’s Bob?” Joe answered, “Well, I had a tough decision to make, and in the end I decided that no one would come along and steal Bob.”

Priorities, we can certainly get them out of whack, can’t we? But what is the greatest priority? Jesus put is this way:

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

Now I realize that right on the heels of that Jesus said that the second great commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. (By the way, Joe failed that one completely concerning Bob.) For the purposes of this post, though, let’s just stick with the first commandment. Notice how all encompassing it is. You are to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Wow! That’s a tall order. This love is to permeate every facet of your being. It is to course its way through your heart, soul, and mind. It is to influence your desires, your actions, and your thoughts. It is to reach all the way down to the deepest “you” and affect everything that flows up from there.

Show me a Christian who keeps this first great commandment and I’ll show you a Christian who has his/her priorities in line. You see, this commandment can rightly be called the greatest commandment because if you truly keep it, keeping all the other commandments naturally follows. You make the one big decision to keep this commandment and that takes care of thousands of other decisions concerning all the other commandments.

After you finish reading this post, take a moment to reflect upon how you are doing at keeping the greatest commandment. Ask yourself, “What are my priorities these days? Is everything I’m doing flavored and seasoned by my deep love for God?” And if you don’t like the answers you find yourself giving, then make the necessary changes today. Nothing in your life is more important than you loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Like I said, if you will get that straight, a whole lot of other things will just naturally come into line.

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