There are certain pairs of things that just seem to go together. You know some of them: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, cookies and milk. I’m sure you could name some of your own. In fact, many of these actually seem better together than simply on their own.
Jesus talks about something like this in His earthly ministry. When Jesus was asked what the Greatest Commandment of the Law was, He responded:
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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matt. 22:37-40)
This is the Greatest Commandment. It is an important summary teaching from Jesus, guiding who we are and the way we live with God and others. In this we are called to demonstrate love for God and others as followers of Jesus.
Later, at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus speaks another important summary teaching to His disciples. Before returning to the glory of the Father, Jesus says:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt. 28:18-20)
We often call this statement the Great Commission. It summarizes the outward actions of the Church in relation to others. Specifically, we are to proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ to all peoples that they might also become followers of Jesus.