In life there are many rules that we must follow. Some are outlined in varying forms and are made crystal clear, while others even if not clearly stated are implied. We understand that we are not to do X,Y and Z because it is the rule and there are consequences and punishment for rules that are broken.
We have rules at home [let’s hope so]. We have rules at work that are meant to guide us in the way things get done or the way in which we are to conduct ourselves and what the expectations are from the employer and employee’s perspective.
Some rules and guidelines are posted up on the wall in the offices while others are written in handbooks often referred to as ‘Employee Code of Conduct.’
We go to the Library and there is one very important rule that one must follow and that is in relation to the level of noise while there.
We have heard also heard much about the golden rule in life which says – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
None of the foregoing however can compare or compete with the most important rule in life that I am about to share with you.
What’s the Most Important Rule In Life?
In the gospel according to Mark 12, it is stated that a Lawyer by profession [being an expert in the Mosaic Law] having heard them arguing with one another and noted that Jesus had already answered them about what was being discussed, asked Jesus to identify which rule [commandment] is the first and most important of all in life.
Without hesitation, Jesus proceeded to give him the answer to his enquiry, not as to which rule was first in order [since all commands are great] but the one that we must all give due weight and dignity to.
The first and most important rule is this:
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul [life], and with all your mind [thought, understanding], and with all your strength.” [Mark 12:30 AMP]
The key phrase is “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart” meaning we are to love God with everything that we have and all that we are.
How can we love God first and foremost and in the way that Jesus has detailed for us?
God first loved us by giving up His only Son to die in our place on Calvary’s Cross. It is the main evidence of His unconditional love for us.
He perceive to give us the ability to love Him first before we direct our love to anyone or anything else. His love is reciprocal and we love Him because He first loved us. [1 John 4:19]
His love is to be understood as the Agape love and is the principle thing that emanates from the soul that has been renewed by the grace of the Almighty God.
We are capable of loving God first when we remove anything that will rival Him or compete with Him for the throne in our souls. He is our God. Our affection and our desire must be to Him first and everything else after. We must do all we can to delight ourselves in Him. Our obedience to God is evidence of our love towards Him.
Your turn to let’s talk it over
Was this post helpful to you? What is preventing you from loving God first? Can you think of what that one thing might be that is hindering you from loving God first and foremost?
Take action today to make the necessary changes in your life in order to follow the most important rule in life.