O One God In chapter 12 a teacher of the Law given by God to the Jewish people asked Jesus, “Of all of the commandments, which is the most important?” (12:28) In verses 29-31 Jesus responds, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Great words and direction – not just revealed by Jesus during His earthly ministry, but revealed by the Word in the Old Testament as well: “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)
Did you notice the addition made by Jesus as He spoke in the New Testament? The Good News concerns "One God" who wants us to love Him with all that we are and to love others as well. To do this is more important than anything else we could offer God. And what does God offer in turn for our obedience through faith in Jesus? To be adopted as one of His children.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as His own children. Now we call him, “Daddy, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” Romans 8:14-17a
What do(es) the god(s) you worship offer?