Keeping the Important Important

Keeping the Important, Important

I have never heard of those who have sat at the bedside of one who is living their last few days or hours of their life here on earth, say something like, 'I wish I had studied or worked harder', or 'I wish I had made more money or bought a bigger house or a better car!' But many have said something similar to, 'I wish I had spent more time with my family', or 'I wish I hadn't said or done something or other.' Final words are often be important and revealing - particularly if someone is aware that their life is drawing to a close!

Jesus in the last few days of His life was asked by a lawyer, 'What is the greatest commandment in the Law?' (Matt 22:39-40). You would have thought he would have known this, but probably wanted to trap Jesus. Jesus could have picked one of the ten commandments, or something that the people of His day considered important. Instead Jesus quoted a little verse from the Old Testament scriptures, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  A few days later whilst with His disciples, Jesus took on the role of the lowliest of servants when He carried out a job that none of them were prepared to do - He washed their feet including those of Judas, who He knew was going to betray Him.  Then over a meal He said, "“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”" (Jn 13:34-35). 

Jesus knew the importance love has in all our relationships either with God or each other. For the way we relate to one another can affect so many areas of our lives without our realising it.

When relationships are not started correctly or when they go wrong, it can cause us to be anxious, worried, affect our sleep, health and so many other areas of life. During the first few generations of Christianity, they didn't have the technology or the many aids we often have today - yet they were able to affect the known world simply by following Jesus' command - something we will all benefit from irrespective of our background or beliefs. 

Why not take a moment to think of ways in which you might improve your relationship with God and each other by changing your attitude and setting out to love in a way you might not be doing at present.