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Read Mark 12:1 through 13:37

The scribes of Jesus’ day studied the Law carefully as they were charged with making sure those laws were followed. In that role, this scribe would have been familiar with the Old Testament laws as well as Jewish traditions.

Often scribes would attempt to trap Jesus by their questions. However, one scribe asked a particularly interesting question: Which commandment is the most important?

Jesus’ answer helps us understand how we should prioritize our lives.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

Knowing what God wants—unreserved love for Him—allows His people to establish priorities for every area of life. Every decision, every action, and every attitude should be held up against the standard of whether that item truly reflects that complete love for God.

By following this principle Christ’s followers can know they are walking in obedience to the Lord.

Thought for Today: Establishing spiritual priorities will allow other aspects of the Christian walk to fall into place.

Quicklook: Mark 12:28–34


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