In the Bible we find a text where Jesus speaks to the pharisees about “the greatest commandment”, and it is very important to take into account the adjective “greatest”, which expresses greatness in power and importance. We all know how religious the pharisees and scribes used to be, to whom Jesus once had to rebuke them using the word “hypocrites”, claiming that they were good at cleaning the outside but inside they were whitewashed tombs.
Today we have many people similar to these religious, who are only interested in certain rules and customs, but forget the most important commandment, which is the one that Jesus dedicates in the following words:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
Without a doubt this is the great commandment that God has taught us through his Word: Love the Lord with our whole being and really this is much more than just attending church (which is necessary) or doing certain charitable works.
It is good to emphasize why Jesus responds in this way to the pharisees and scribes and for that we must take into account what was mentioned in the introduction to this article, the pharisees were much more interested in norms and customs, forgetting and neglecting their inside, and for this reason Jesus uses this comment to make them understand that it is not enough to be clean on the outside if they do not really love the Lord with their whole being.
Loving God is our main purpose as christians, since if we love Him, everything else will be less heavy. Let us love God more than our own lives and in this way we will show a better version of what a true Christian or child of God really is.