Weekly devotional

What do you value most in life? Is it money, power, prestige, entertainment, food, family, or is it a mixture of these depending on the moment? Many claim to value family most but then show otherwise by their actions or lack of actions. What about you? Do your actions show what you value most in life on a consistent basis? Priorities are based on what one values most. Would God give a full and hearty approval to your priorities?

The Bible records a person who must have been giving careful thought to his life because he asked Jesus, “which is the great commandment in the law?” In Matthew 22:37-40, 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.” As one reflects on these powerful words of Jesus, one should immediately recognize the importance Jesus places on healthy and holy relationships. Far above all other things in life, we must value healthy relationships that are characterized by holy love. When we fail to keep our relationship with God, first and foremost, and our relationships with others of great importance, hearts become broken, and life becomes a chaotic mess with a lot of unnecessary drama. The reason why many people allow other things to become more important than love for God and others can be found in a twisted love of self that seeks its own selfish ambitions, and sometimes this is even done at the expense of the well-being of others.

Whether we recognize it or not, relationships are of great importance. Even God values relationship with us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to show us the way, the truth and the life, and to redeem us from all our sins in order to reconcile us into proper relationship with Him. Jesus died so that we may live – truly live – in proper relationship to God, others and self. Keep an alert eye to how relationships work out or don’t work out in the lives of those around you – you will witness what is really valued most.