More Important Than Any Other

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him,
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART,
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL,
AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You do not only love us but You are Love. Forgive us, O LORD we plead, whenever we neglect to bow down before You in worship of You. Help us to draw near to You, O God, we pray. Enable us to love you with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds; and that we are able to love our neighbors as ourselves. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

When people ask us:

Who is God?
What is He more than any other? (Song 5:9)
Where is He?

How do we answer them?

Who is God?

Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that

the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath;

there is no other.

Deuteronomy 4:39 (emphasis mine)

What is our Beloved more than any other?

He is our Leader and the focus of our attention. He is KING of kings and LORD of lords (Revelation 19:16). There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Where is He and how can we find Him?

God is in heaven and rules from above. (Psalm 115:3) We have to have faith and believe that He exists (Hebrew 11:6), and that no one comes to Him, the Father, except through His Son Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).

Let us read the verse again which is found in yesterday’s post:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.
And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 (emphasis mine)

F.B. Meyer comments on this verse:

Do people realize that there is something about us which cannot be accounted for except that we have been with Jesus? Our company always influences us. A man is known by the company he keeps. Good manners are caught by association with the well-mannered. What, then, will not be the effect upon us, if only we live in fellowship with Jesus!

The most challenging way of leading others to Christ is not by our words, even though this can be challenging at times, but through the testimony of our lives. Can others tell that we have been with Jesus this day?

Being with Jesus is more important than any other (task or than being with any other person). Strong’s Concordance points out that the original word for “with” here in Acts 4:13  is the Greek word σύν which expresses much more closeness than other words in the original do that had been translated as “with” (e.g. G3326/G3844). This particular word tells of the completeness they have had — and we should have — in Christ.

Love the LORD your God more than any other.

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