One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “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.”
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions (Mark 12:28-34).
Today if you are reading this devotion, you have been given a special gift of another 24 hours—another day. Think about what you will do with this gift. We want to make sure that we don’t waste gifts, so we put a little thought in its use.
For me, I will be going out for breakfast, running some errands, mentoring a student, doing some writing, answering emails, and so on. The day I have been given today will easily fill up, and I am sure yours will, too. So what is most important for us to do today? Jesus says to love God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself. These very important commands (yes, they are definite) can be done in all we do through our day. Our special God assignments are already lined up and waiting for us today. Enjoy and be blessed!
Prayer: I thank you, Lord, for this day where I can truly rejoice in it because you are there. I pray that I fulfill the kingdom assignments you have for me today to your glory. Amen
Faith Tip: Look over your schedule for today and apply the most important commands to it all.