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Our Greatest Purpose in Life Made Clear by Jesus


When responding to a question about what Jesus believed to be the greatest commandment, Jesus couldn’t have been any clearer that this is also our greatest purpose in life.

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Breaking down the words of Matthew 22:36-40 makes it clear that these commandments should consume our hearts as well as our time. All we do should be measured against theĀ fulfillmentĀ of these commandments. Consequently, what greater purpose can we have in life but to love the Lord and love others?

“Jesus replied”

Our greatest purpose in life is not a human sentiment but comes with divine authority.

“Love (agape) the Lord your God . . . Love (agape) your neighbor . . .” (agape – divine love … the highest form of love)

Our greatest purpose in life, love for God and love for people, is not natural but rather something supernatural.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Our greatest purpose in life is not a sporadic or half-hearted endeavor but rather should be all-consuming, putting all of who we are completely into loving Him.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our greatest purpose in life is not unidirectional but rather multi-faceted in first and foremost loving God but also then ourselves and others.

“This is the first … commandment. And the second is like it …”

Our greatest purpose in life is not a low priority but rather the top, chief priority in terms of time, place and rank.

“This is the … greatest commandment …”

Our greatest purpose in life is not insignificant but rather to a measure or degree beyond any other command … the “mega” commandment.


Our greatest purpose in life is not an option but rather a matter of obedience.

“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Our greatest purpose in life is not a sub-point of other teaching but is at the top as the main point with everything else coming under it.

All of these truths take the command to love God and love people to a higher level than anything else in life. Nothing can be more important. Nothing should ever take its place. Nothing can be a greater purpose in life than to love the Lord and love others.

Consequently, helping the Body fulfill these priorities should be an active pursuit of church leaders. The Steering the Church Toward God’s Purposes Leadership Guide includes the content in this post and also poses a question under each of the above points to help leaders reflect on how their practices align with the Greatest Commandments.


4 Replies to “Our Greatest Purpose in Life Made Clear by Jesus”

  1. i thank God for this very helpful site. enclosed is my prayer that God will continue to bless all the people behind this. more power and God Bless!

    • Thank you very much. Prayer is much appreciated as Jesus made it clear that apart from Him we can do nothing of eternal value. (Jn. 15)

  2. WOW……refreshing to see ministry that is NOT watered down and liberal.
    Great job, and please remain faithful to the truth.
    God Bless

    • Thanks, Robby. If we truly believe God is the Source of the Bible and what He says in His Word is the ultimate Standard against which we measure all we do as well as the means through which He prepares us for life and godliness then we have no choice but to seek to remain faithful and true to the Word. — “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

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