“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” — Matthew 22:36-40
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” — John 15:13
Of course, these verses are not referring to romantic love, but that deep feeling for another person that expresses you truly care for them. As the verses from Matthew above state, Jesus summarized all 613 commandments from the Old Testament into these two commandments. To love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself, your guide to living a fulfilled life.
As you live your life, these two verses can guide you toward a meaningful and successful life that contributes to everyone. Not only will you live a strong Christian life, but you will appreciate life more and set an example for others. Your values will be based on how you affect other people rather than gaining wealth or prestige. If your objective is to contribute to other people, you will feel no need to claim the credit. Your reward will be a positive impact on your behavior.
There was a man named George who studied high tech in a major university. He started working on projects that would impact the high-tech industry. George was part of a team developing new software that would be promoted worldwide. George wanted to improve his stature in the company, so he worked hard to contribute work that was noticeable. When George talked with his fellow staff members, he made sure he discussed all the items he created. There were a few other staff members who also completed good work. George was careful to notice when any of the staff members made mistakes so he could communicate that to the entire group.
After a while, George realized that he did not have any close friends among the staff members. One of the staff members who had made a couple of mistakes felt shameful and thought about leaving the company. George realized that he contributed to hurting a good staff member. George realized that getting credit for all his achievements and communicating mistakes made by his fellow workers was not helping him improve his life.
George quit boasting about his achievements and instead of communicating mistakes made by his fellow staff, he worked with the other staff members to help them with their mistakes and complete their projects. He did not feel a need to communicate the mistakes of other people. George’s life improved dramatically, and he received plenty of credit without making an effort to emphasize his achievements. He was much happier.
The point Jesus was making is that if you follow the two commandments discussed in this article, your life will improve, and you will help everyone else with the same effort. You do not need to pursue credit for the achievement, you need to help other people and gain satisfaction from improving the lives of others. If you truly love God and your neighbors, your life will reflect that love.