That was my first question when I started to seriously consider Jesus’ first and greatest command to us – Love the Lord your God will all of your heart and all of your soul and all of your mind. The 2nd commandment is to love others as we love ourselves.
The first commandment sounded so overwhelming that I decided to start there and worry about the 2nd one later. I’m glad I seriously tackled the first one on its own because I found that, with every baby step I took towards loving God with everything I have, a truly supernatural thing started to happen.
God helped me with all of the rest.
I wanted to be a better wife and God helped me do that when I put him first.
I wanted to be a better mother – God also helped me do that.
I wanted to be a better employee at work and God helped me with that as well.
I wanted to be a better friend and neighbor – God helped me with that and gradually my obedience to command #2 was also improving without having to work at it.
These are all areas of my life where I was working very hard to improve yet feeling frustrated because of so little progress.
All of them improved and got easier with every step of faith I took closer to God.
That’s why God wants us to put him first. He wants to help us with all of the rest. And then he wants to take it to the next level by blessing us with the things we didn’t even have on the list!
In my experience, we only have to open our lives up to the power of the Holy Spirit and he helps us grow our obedience with both commands.
It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it!
Thank you, dear Father!