If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know the answer to this question. It should be one of the very first things that you are taught. If you are going to follow Jesus, you need to know what is expected of you.
So, what is your #1 responsibility? What is most important? Is it to witness? Is it to be a better spouse? Is it to take care of your family? Is it to pray, study your bible, go to church? Is it to give? Is it to serve widows and orphans? Feed the hungry? These are all good answers, but not really the right one.
Someone asked Jesus this very question. It was worded a little differently, but it still means the same thing. They asked Him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”–Mark 12:28-31
Obeying His commandments is our responsibility. He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”–John 14:15.
If you love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, you will do many of the things we mentioned earlier. BUT, none of those things will matter if the greatest commandment is not behind it all.
If I speak in the tongues a of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, b but do not have love, I gain nothing.–1 Corinthians 13: 1-3
We do not want to fall into the category of those who think they are doing real good, but are actually doing nothing worthy in God’s eyes. It is possible to do things that God commands, and do them without love.
So, I think the next question we should be asking is this: What does God say is the First step as followers that we must take to begin to develop our love for Him? Every follower of Jesus should know that answer also. God lays it out in scripture again and again. We will explore that one in the next post.
Be encouraged! If this interests you, you are likely on the right track!