Love is NOT the greatest commandment

Had lunch with a good friend on Thursday. We chatted about how the majority of Christians are not thirsty.

This really resonated with me as my senior pastor had mentioned the previous week about how most Christians are consumers.

We really are you know, consumers. We choose our church because we like the sermons, or the music, or some particular ministry or programme. How many of us choose a church because we feel God calling us to serve in a particular mininstry?

And please don’t get me wrong, I’m including myself in that camp.

Why is that? Why are we consumers? I think it might have to do that we like to put God into a box. If we make Christianity about a list of dos and do nots instead of a living relationship, it’s a heck of a lot easier.

We don’t have to walk daily with Jesus. We just need to go to church and pay our tithes. The bare minimum that allows us to continue with our lives the way that we want.

But real Christanity is hard (the narrow way?) it’s messy. Scripture is often not clear. Even Jesus spoke in parables which were not easy to understand! And often in the gospel of Mark, He didn’t even want people to know about the miracles He’d done.

But if we perservere, if we hang on, we can taste and see that the Lord is good.

We have to pay the price. Not in order to attain salvation, but we ought to pay the price which is dying to self. And that is the last thing that I want to do. Despite the fact that I have already pledged my life to Him.

Because deep down there is still a part of me that clings on to selfish desires. It wants to enjoy pleasures which may or may not be right. To clarify, I don’t think pleasures are wrong but excessive pleasures or sinful pleasures are definitely wrong.

Ultimately, we are sons of God. We will enjoy the kingdom of heaven in the next (and to some extent in the current) world. But we are also His servants, His disciples. We have a job to do, the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. We talk about WWJD, well Jesus was a model is servant leadership. We ought to serve.

Instead we are living for ourselves. Justifying sometimes sinful lifestyles by saying that love is the greatest commandment.

Well it’s not. The greatest and first commandment is to love God and to follow Him. We then, secondarily, love others (within the parameters that God ordains).

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