Your Foremost Concern Today

“This is the great and foremost commandment.” (Matthew 22:38)

What is your greatest concern today? If there were ONE thing you could accomplish, which would cause you to consider this day a success, what would it be?  Jesus gives us some direction on that front in this verse:

Our first concern every day should be the keeping of the greatest commandment!  That commandment, according to Jesus in Matthew 22 is: “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 foremost commandment.”

If loving God is the greatest commandment, then the greatest concern of our hearts each day should be: How can I fulfill this command today?  There are a number of ways in which we can accomplish that:

— We can make loving Him a priority by getting up early enough to spend time with Him first thing in the morning.

— We can love Him by singing to Him from our heart

— We can show our love for Him by learning more about Him in His word, so that we will understand Him better, and can “love Him with our mind” as this commandment prescribes.

— We can demonstrate our love for Him by avoiding things that keep us from loving Him the way that we should — in other words, by turning away from sins.

— We also show our love for Him by continuing in these attitudes and commitments throughout the day, and by obeying His commandments.

Your greatest concern every day should not be your financial well-being; your greatest concern should not be that some human being might be angry with you; your greatest concern is not your project at work, or the status of your favorite sports star or team. The single greatest concern you should have ought to be the keeping of the greatest commandment: that you are loving God the way you should.

What your mind is concerned about today, truly does reveal where your heart really is!


About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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