God, through his son, Jesus Christ, has commanded us to love: to love Him, to love ourselves and to love each other. One of the teachers of the law asked Jesus which commandment out of all the commandments was the most important. Jesus stated the two most important commandments of all, indicating the first to be the most important:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your soul and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30-31 (NIV 1984) — Words of Jesus
LOVE LOVE LOVE. We are called to love and it sounds so incredibly simple, yet we too often find it the most difficult thing to do of all. Because maybe it’s not really a DOING thing at its core. Maybe it’s, first and foremost, as well as ultimately, a BEING thing.
We wake up in the morning and think, “What do I need to do today? How am I going to do it? How am I going to get and stay motivated? How am I going to solve this problem?” We might think, “It’s time to pray. I need to pray.” We have this unending list of things to do.
And maybe it’s so hard to obey because we don’t ask the Source to help us out. The Bible says that every good gift is from God, so what if we ask God — with all our heart, with all we can muster — to help us with our capacity to love and to break down those walls inside of us?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 (NIV 1984)
Besides, Jesus said:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV 1984) — Words of Jesus
Yes, we have responsibilities. Yes, it is important for us to be focused, well organized, precise and complete with the responsibilities that God has granted us.
But what if we were to shift our priorities and turn to love first? What if we were to truly obey God and the words of Christ Jesus and love God first with all our being? And then to love ourselves. And love one another. What if THAT was our priority, even if we didn’t know where to begin?
What if the way to begin was simply to ask God for the way, to ask God for His help in our ability to love? What if we turned to the true Source, not only for the lessons, but also for their implementation.