The Greatest Commandment

Jesus was once asked, “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” This question was asked to test Jesus. The answer Jesus gave could be used to raise an accusation against Him. The Pharisees had endless debates about which commandments were greater or lesser. They knew that no one could keep all the commandments perfectly so they decided to identify which commandments were “heavier” than others. Instead of listing the “heaviest” commandments first, Jesus boiled down the law by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment (Matthew 22:37-38).” Jesus answered the question by telling them that if they would love God with all that they are, there would be no reason to have to rank commandments. And it makes sense. If I love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, I will want to do everything He commands me to do or not do. If I love God I won’t put idols before Him. If I love God I will not take His name in vain. If I love God I will not murder. If I love God I will not covet. If I love God I will love my neighbor as myself. So if I can get a grasp of this basic truth of loving God with everything in me, all the other priorities in life will fall into place. However, we need to understand that loving God is not a one-time decision. We need to refocus our hearts on God every day of our lives because our love for God can grow cold. How can we know if our love for God has grown cold? How can we gain some perspective on where we are in our love relationship with God? Ask yourself these questions three questions:

  1. Do I desire to spend time with God? When you love someone you want to spend time with them. You enjoy their company and companionship. If a husband and wife are living separate lives, never spending time together, there is a lack of love in the relationship. So consider how much time you are spending time with God. If you really love Him you will want his company.
  1. Do I love the things God loves? Jesus loves His church. Jesus loves lost souls. Jesus loves the word of God. Jesus loves serving. Do you love these things?
  1. Do I keep God’s commandments? Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). This isn’t hard. If you love God you will do what He says. The proof of your love is in your actions.

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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