Love priorities – God and others

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV))

I don’t know about you, but to me, this sounds likes Jesus is telling us that if we love God with all our heart, soul and mind and love others as much as we love ourselves, everything else would become easy to uphold.

Think about that for a minute.

If we loved others as much as we love ourselves, would we need to be told not to murder? Would we need to be told not to steal? After all, we would be so concerned about the well being of others that we would not covet what they have enough to steal.

If we loved God with all that we are, would we need to be told to not have any other gods before Him? Would we even consider doing anything that would break His heart?

Combine those two commands and look inward. Would we need to be told to not do anything that would be a sin? We would simply be of a heart and mind that would not even consider breaking any of God’s commands.

I have often heard that we are to set our priorities as God, others, and then self. We seem to have that in some very distorted circular sequence where is is self, self, and self. We allow God within our circle for an hour on Sunday and all too often we don’t even include others at all. If we can redefine our priorities in accordance with God’s priorities, then all would be much better. They are not circular. They are linear. I find it very interesting, though, that when we focus on God’s priorities, our distorted priorities change and God’s amazing grace will bring it back full circle. If you think only of yourself, when you are in need, you may feel that no one will help you. As a result, you feel that you must steal to get what you need. If you have God as your priority and then others, God will provide. The blessings that He pours out upon others will be used to bless you just as you have used your blessings to bless others.

I challenge each of us to do as Jesus spoke.

Love God and love others as we love ourselves.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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