What Does God Want From Me?


What is the great commandment in the law?

Law carries with it the idea of “legalism” or salvation by works, which is contrary to grace.

But, Jesus didn’t rebuke the man who asked this question regarding law because the law does have a purpose. You can see the conversation in Matthew 22:35-40. Law doesn’t bring righteousness to the observer but does reveal sin.

Isn’t this a good purpose?

After all, didn’t Jesus say that the true worshipers of God must worship Him in Spirit and truth? (John 4:24) Can we convict the Law of being untruthful? Truth is necessary to worship God adequately – it is just not complete by itself.

Now, back to the question:
What is the great commandment in the law?

the great: mega – primary, most important, foundational

Jesus answers by saying that the first in priority, the primary, most important, and foundational commandment is:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

What is Jesus saying?

The Law states that the “mega” commandment is relational.

So, the most important direction found in the Law is to have a relationship with Jesus. It is not to “do something” or “not to do something” but to love – to be relational.

Therefore, can you successfully keep the Law or avoid sin if you neglect the primary, most important, foundational commandment?

The rich young ruler found this out. His story is found in Luke 18:18-23.

Being right with God has nothing to do with being “good” because no one is. It has to do with loving God and prioritizing Him.

Jesus gave the rich ruler a directive. If he loved the Lord, he would gladly follow it. His refusal revealed that even though he had kept the commandments, he had neglected the primary, most important, and foundational direction of the Law – therefore, revealing himself to be negligent in his love for God.

The Law teaches us that loving God is primary; the most important thing we can do. That it is foundational to everything godly.

Jesus also said that there is another direction – another relational command that proves our love for God is real because it is totally dependent upon our love for God – you might say it is a byproduct of the great commandment or evidence of its existence.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Can you truly love God without loving your neighbor?

If someone say, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21

God loves people. So, evidence of our love for God (being in relationship with Him) is to receive love for others.

Jesus said:

On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

The power received by keeping these two commandments causes the individual to be able to keep all the other commandments. All others are in place as a result of these two. They are kept by keeping these two.

You can keep all the commandments by keeping the two in the Great Commandment and both are relational – products of love.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15
Your behavior will follow your passion so if your passion is Jesus, your behavior will follow that passion.

Focus your energy and attention on loving Jesus not your behavior. If you do, your behavior will line up with your passion and it will be a product of love.

 

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