MATTHEW 22:37-38 NKJ
"Jesus said to him, "`You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38 "This is the first and great commandment."
The most important command is to love God with all your being.
As with all His commands, God does not give this for His
benefit, but for your benefit. It will bless us, and improve
our life and well-being to put God first.
Loving people, while important, is only secondary according to
Jesus. In practice -- because God loves people -- loving Him
will result in loving people also.
When we get our priority backward -- putting people and their
needs first -- we miss God's plan, and will be relatively
ineffective in helping people -- compared to what we could
have been if we put God first.
MATTHEW 6:33 CEV
"But more than anything else, put God's work first and do
what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well."
We should determine to follow Jesus and obey Him. We cannot allow anything
other than Jesus Christ to be our highest priority.