What is the Greatest Commandment?

| March 10, 2011

Many people wonder, which one of the 10 Commandments is the greatest. And some teach that they are all the same. But when asked by a certain Pharisee what the “Greatest Commandment” was, Jesus said unto him:

“Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”  -Matthew 22:37-38

Think about that.

Makes sense doesn’t it. And naturally if you follow this commandment by loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, you will want to follow all of His commandments. That is why this is the first as well as the greatest commandment (Exodus 20:2-3).

You know many people seem to forget about this commandment. They get too busy with the cares of this world and they ignore their Heavenly Father. They don’t take the time to study His Word to learn more about Him, His emotions, His feelings, and His plan. And they tend to think that, “Well, as long as I am a good person, I’ll make it to Heaven”.

But you see you can’t truly be a good person if you ignore the “One” who has given you life, the air you breathe, the food you eat, and everything else. That would be kind of selfish wouldn’t it? And most people I know don’t consider selfish people to be good people do they?

Notice Jesus didn’t say the Greatest Commandment was that you must belong to a certain denomination or follow the traditions of some church system. He said that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And that comes by studying His Word, obeying His commandments, and by talking to Him in prayer.

Not just attending church once a week.

In fact this relationship was supposed to be so close between God and His people that they were to keep His words in their heart and in their mind, always.

As it is written:

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” –Deuteronomy 6:7

Now this doesn’t mean we should become “religious fanatics”, because that would be in violation of the commandments as well. But when He sees you thinking about Him and talking about Him, He hears you. And I am sure He looks down from Heaven with a beaming smile and great happiness in His heart.

As it is written:

“Then they that feared (loved) the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared (loved) the LORD, and that thought upon His name. And they shall be Mine saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. –Malachi 3:16-17

Amazing!

He’s not asking much from us beloved. Only that we return some of the love that He has shown us. You know it’s easy to love a God who has given us so much, even to the point where He Himself came in the flesh to suffer and to die for us so that we could be saved from the power of death – that is to say, from Satan. So never forget this Great Commandment. It is the first and most important for a reason, and it should be easy to remember.

Keep Him always in your heart and in your mind and be a Christian Overcomer!

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God Bless,
Pastor Ben Heath

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