Back to School Nugget

Well, school’s back in full swing, and the wonderful chaotic schedule of summer is starting to simmer down. As our students head back to class, if there is one thing I would want them to take with them, it’s this: “Love God.”

Students are prone to information overload as various teachers instruct them in various subjects, all of which will have some level of importance in order to pass the class (regardless of if it is important to real life). So under this mountain of other stuff to know, if they can take only one more thing with them, it will always be: “Love God.”

As church leaders, it would be tempting to tell our students that the most important thing is to recruit others to Sunday School, youth group, or AWANA. We might want to tell them they need know how to share their faith with others and lead them to Christ. We might tell them to do their devotions, carry their Bibles to class, or encourage them to lead Bible studies after class. ALL these things are well and good, but if we were to boil it all down to one thing, it would always be: “Love God.”

See, if we love God, we WILL recruit people to church, we WILL share the gospel, we WILL place scripture in high priority among everything we do. We can’t love God and neglect these things! Jesus himself declared the kingpin of everything contained in the Old Testament hinged on this: “Love God.”

Matthew 22:36–40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)

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