Many of us want to do great and important things. We have dreams and aspirations we want to see become tangible realities in our lives. We have goals we want to reach. We have plans we want to accomplish. We have things – great and important things – for which we want to be known by others for having done them.
Jesus wants us to do great things, and He wants us to be known for doing these great things. He wants us to do the most important thing we could ever do with our lives. And Jesus makes that most important and greatest thing clearly known to us in His answer to a teacher of the law who asked,
“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-31
There is no commandment greater than these. There is nothing greater than love. And there is nothing greater by which we could be made known as followers of Jesus. Nothing.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
Today, by the love and power, by the grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ, may each of us choose to truly love God and love others and love ourselves. May each of us choose to love – really love – as Jesus loves us, with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength.
Today, may we choose to love in spirit and in truth, with our every thought, word and action. May we choose to love in small ways and big ways, in obvious ways and unobtrusive ways. May we choose to love more tangibly. More sincerely. More sacrificially. More humbly. More wisely. More freely. More fully. More quickly. More gently. More generously. More faithfully. More kindly. More patiently. More fervently. More purely. More protectively. More playfully. More joyfully. More thoughtfully. More thankfully.
May each of us choose to love God and others and ourselves more and more in these same ways tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next…
We know that every day that we love, in every way that we love, will be of greatest importance to our God. And as we love as Jesus loves, we will be known for doing the greatest thing we could ever do with our lives.
Because nothing is greater than love.