Your Priority Purpose
Sometimes we make life with God so incredibly complicated. And when we complicate it, we may be tempted to argue and wrangle about issues that aren’t big issues. 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:
- Love God most
- Love other people 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. Then, make them.
You’ll be glad you did.
Questions for Reflection:
Do you manage your money well to demonstrate love to God and others? Do you withhold from giving to others because you doubt that God will provide, or do you give with joy because you know He will take care of you? Do you live within your means? If you are in debt, do you have a plan to become debt free so that you have more margin to share with others?
Do you care for your body? It’s difficult to serve if you are sick, tired, or consistently don’t feel well. Do all you can to follow a good health plan by consuming the things God made and exercising so you can love well.
What about your relationships? Do you regularly express love to your mate and your children? Are you honoring your relational commitments to love well? Are you a good friend? Do you take the time to ask God how you can invest in those around you?
Do you express love to God and others through your career and by using your talents and gifts? Remember that if God has called you to serve Him by using the talents He has given you; it’s not your choice. It’s an act of obedience.