We bicker about if we should raise our hands during worship or if we’re going to be raptured pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation. We argue about what kind of worship music is most spiritual or if we should be sprinkled or dunked. We make small issues, big issues and in the process we miss what is most important in walking with Christ.
Which brings me to the questions: What if you could identify one priority purpose that would help you live the Christian life well? What if your theology could boil down to four letters? I believe it can because being a Christ follower is all about L-O-V-E. In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus made the gospel easy to understand when he told us that there are two main things that we need to do above all else:
1) Love God
2) Love others like you love yourself
Last summer, I took a closer look at these two commands and considered how every area of my life can fit through this “love filter” in Mark chapter 12. For example, I can love—or not love—God and others by how I spend my time. I can love—or not love—God and others by how I spend my talents, or how I develop my professional life and calling. I can love—or not love—God and others by how I manage my money, or my treasure, whether I have five dollars or 5 million dollars.
When I considered how I spend my time, talent, and treasure and filtered every other area of my life through the Mark 12 “love filter,” I realized how I have been guilty of labeling some areas of my life less spiritual and therefore less important to God. I might think, Well my finances aren’t spiritual, they don’t have anything to do with love or That’s just my talent and whether I use it or not is up to me. It doesn’t have anything to do with love. When in reality, every area of my life can be directly related to how I love God and love other people. Through every area, I either serve myself or I serve God and others.
Without a doubt, love is the priority purpose for every believer’s life based on Mark 12:30-31. Which is exactly why it’s important to follow Christ, stay close to Him, regularly meditate on Scripture, and heed guidance from the Holy Spirit. Since love is the biggest thing to him, he will show us how to make it the biggest thing too.
I challenge you today to carefully examine each area of your life in light of the Matthew 12 “love filter.” Ask God to show you where you need to make adjustments and ask the Lord to empower you to do His will. You’ll be glad you did.