You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:37-38
This scripture in Matthew is Jesus’ commentary on the Old Testament passage in Deuteronomy 6:5. He says this is the “first and great commandment.” He is telling us that living out the first commandment is the key to living in the love of God. This is God’s priority, so it should be ours as well. Before Jesus comes back, the Lord is going to restore the First Commandment to first place in His People. When the First Commandment is being lived out, it opens the way for the second commandment to be our reality as well, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the environment, the atmosphere that accompanies the Glory of God. As we begin this new year, 5771 in the Hebrew calendar, it is God’s great desire to dwell amongst us, to make His Glory known in the earth realm. It is critical that we press in to understand what it means to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. How do we make this practical in our daily lives? How do we make the shift to be wholehearted lovers of God? In Revelation 19:7 scripture says, “The marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Wife has made herself ready.” Let us, as His Bride, do everything necessary to make ourselves and our families ready. Whether you are married or thinking of getting married someday, you know what it takes to prepare yourself for a natural wedding. Think of the hours of joyful planning that goes into not only the event but the life that comes after the event. That is how we must begin to see the second coming of Jesus, He is our Bridegroom coming back to receive us, His Bride. It is glorious, romantic, joyful, ecstatic! Let’s do all we can to get ready!