The greatest commandments is to love God (Matthew 22:37). God’s purpose in creating mankind is to create a certain number of free people who will freely choose to love Him. These people are known as the Church, the universal body of believers from all denominations and church groups. God has raised up the Church to unite with the Son in a special way in the future. People don’t need love relationships but desire them because by their nature they are loving beings. In a similar way, God doesn’t need our love but as a loving God He desires to love others who have the ability to reciprocate His love.
I wish there wasn’t but wishful thinking does not make it so. Jesus thought there was a hell.
Mark 9:43 “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.”
Who’s better to know?
Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
When we live our lives for God, love, we will receive rewards in heaven.
When we live our lives for ourselves, our reward is right here on earth.
Matthew 6:5 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
One of God’s rewards is to rule with Him.
2 Timothy 2:12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
But we will not all rule the same because some are greater or lesser than others.
Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.