Faith flows forth from the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7). In the two way relationship that we spoke of last time, God wants nothing to get between Him and our personal relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is that important! Many times we can put the “love” of something else first; possibly money, power, fame, etc. However, if we place our relationship with God first and foremost above everything else in life, then we acknowledge His authority and accept His words revealed through Sacred Scripture.
You might recall the story of the rich young man who asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life” (Mark 10:17). Although the rich young man follows the Ten Commandments, Jesus “looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing’” (Mark 10:21) – the man was placing the love of money and possessions ahead of the love for God. In this passage, it is my opinion that the ‘looking at him and loving him,’ meant that Jesus bestowed upon the man sufficient grace to make the decision to follow Him, and the man still went sadly away for he did not want to part with his earthly possessions, thereby placing God second in his life.
The story of the rich young man tells us that faith is an act of free will to believe in God, placing all else second to God. He is a good and caring God who will always give us what we need (Matt 6:25-34). We do not need money, power or fame to gain everlasting life, but we do need God to receive everlasting life. Our life in the here and now is of utmost importance to Him.
Do you realize that you are of utmost importance to God? Think about what you may be placing first over a loving relationship with God. Share your opinions of this post and enter the conversation.
How do you believe in the unseen? We will discuss that question in the next reflection on the virtue of faith. Don’t miss it!