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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Focusing On God”
When pressed for an answer to which commandment was the greatest, Jesus answered that it is having a love relationship with God.
“‘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.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
It’s only in a love relationship with Jesus that we’re able to keep the commandments. Therefore, our love of God should be our focus.
Years ago, circuses used to feature lion tamers. Now, while they cracked their whips and shot their pistols, these were the not the most important tools, it was the stool. Holding the stool with its four legs pointed at the lion paralyzed it as the lion tried to focus on all four legs at once, fragmenting its attention and making it relatively tame.
Like the lion, fragmenting our attention through various distractions paralyzes us. By stating, therefore, the greatest commandment to love God, Jesus took the stool out of Satan’s hands helping us live a focused life.
Jesus takes away what the world wants us to focus on and places it squarely upon a loving relationship with God. When Jesus commands us to love God with everything we are, He means with a love so fervent and so alive that we’ll do anything for Him.
This commandment reveals that God wants us to direct our love towards Him and away from the world.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)
Seeing how easy it is to get our focus off the Lord, and how difficult it is to love God in a focused way, Jesus refers us to a second commandment, which He likens unto the first.
“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:39)
The act that focuses our love for God is to love our neighbors, as we would like to be loved.
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