One day a Pharisee approached Jesus with a question that we all desire the answer to. He asked, “What is the most important commandment.” In this question he was asking, “Of all the commandments which one do we need to make sure we don’t miss?” You see there were 1,613 commands. That’s a lot of commands. Jesus took these 1,613 and He narrowed it down to an absolute focus and He 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.’” (Matt 22:37-39)
He said, the most important thing in life for us to do is love God with all our heart and soul and mind, in other words, with all our being. Everything else in life pales in comparison to loving God.
How do you do that? What does that mean? How is that fleshed out in real life?
The answer in a single word, OBEDIENCE.
“But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:5
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6
So, this is what it all comes down to. This is the bottom line. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is ground zero. If you say you love God your life should be consumed with the asking and answering of two questions: 1. Where in my life am I failing to obey God? 2. Where in my life am I disobeying God. And then get busy at once obeying.
Of course the excuse we often offer is, “But there is so much about what God says and wants that I just don’t know. I might be disobeying or failing to obey and I just don’t know it. There is so much of the Bible that I am not familiar with.”
The answer to that is very simple, “Begin by obeying the parts you already know. Then, as you come to discover more of God’s will, obey it as well. Begin where you are.”
So, Jesus has a question for you, “Do you truly love me?” (John 21:16)