“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 22:37-39

Part of the success of a hiking trip depends on what you pack. Some bring everything they could possibly have need of (that would be me!). And others pack ultra-light, bringing only what is absolutely essential. Every hiker knows this: Pack too much and you’re weighed down and miserable; pack too little and you’re constantly in need of something you don’t have. The key is to determine what is essential. 

You can hear opinions from life coaches, writers, educators, inspirational speakers, and many others on what you need for success in this world. But in just one panoramic statement, Jesus shows us what is absolutely essential for us in the journey of life. 

The two greatest commandments encapsulate how we are called to live with God and others. In so doing, we also see our need for Christ to do it on our behalf. When we try to keep God’s law by our own power, we become weighed down by guilt, shame, pride, and sin. But when we see that Christ has kept these commandments for us, we are freed to place our trust in Him. 

Scripture Focus

Matthew 22:34-40


Go the journey with the One who bids you to come to Him, for His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light” (see Matthew 11:30).

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 1-2
  • Psalm 8
  • Matthew 12