Love God. Love others. Serve both.
As men and women who follow Jesus, we strive to center ourselves around what he called the greatest commands. One version of this teaching of Jesus is found in Mark 12:28-31:
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
teaches us to love God with everything within us, worshiping and serving him as our first priority. The other side of the coin is that we cannot do that without loving and serving the people around us. We
humbly seek to love our neighbor and serve our world, knowing that Jesus “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
We pray that our love and service will open doors of opportunity for us to share the good news of Jesus as we follow the vision Jesus set before his earliest followers (Matthew 28:18-20).