Loving God, Loving People

28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31″The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31

What is the most important actions in a Christian’s life? When Jesus was asked to tell us what the most important commandment was, He gave this reply in Mark 12: Love God and love people. The first one is most important because until you learn to love God, you will never be able to know how to really love people. Loving God is a definition of Worship. Loving people is the definition of Ministry.

As a pastor, I often seem to get things a little confused with all the tasks assigned to me. But if you asked me why I felt that I wanted to be in ministry, I would have told you that I wanted to help people to know God. To sum it up, I have 2 goals in life…knowing Him and helping others.

If the formula worked for Jesus, there is good chance it will work for you.

1 Response to “Loving God, Loving People”

  1. 1 Mark Karki
    April 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    great thoughts again Ray! I couldn’t agree with you more! Amen and Amen!

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