Jesus approved this answer and said, ” You are not far from the kingdom of God. ” Mark 12:34
When the teacher of the Law heard Jesus answering him by saying, ” Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes another one : you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two. ” Agreed that Jesus was right for he is one and there is no other. To love him with all our heart; with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is more important than burnt offering or sacrifice.
To ancient Jews, burnt offering and sacrifice are two most important ways to express their way of loving God. But the teaching of Jesus for loving God is to put into action of love for others in daily life, The Law and commandments are the core for love between God and man. To love God is not a commandment like the others which we should undertake or avoid. There is no limit in loving God. We shall love him more than we love our loved ones. To long for Him and to forget ourselves so that, in everything, we search for what he wants most from us.
As for the teacher of the Law, through Jesus approved his answer for knowing the truth and said that he was not far from the kingdom of God, still had to strive and work hard to be into the kingdom of God. Likewise let us do the same for it is not good enough just to be not far from the kingdom of God.
Through our feelings come and go, God’s love for us doesn’t.