This post is written for Brandon E, but it has broader application.
A previous post declared that the greatest truth revealed to humanity is that Jesus Christ is Lord, and the second greatest is that the Bible is the word of God. The two truths are obviously related for by the second we can know the first and by the first we have a focus for the second.
The most important activity for a human being is to trust and obey Jesus Christ as Lord. This does not mean giving mere lip service to the idea, but rather devoting one’s life to Christ in service. This will mean loving Him and then, because of that love for Him, loving all our neighbors and using our lives to serve them. This obviously involves a day-by-day devotion to Christ and not a mere one-time decision or transaction. It also obviously involves repentance as it is not natural to human beings to live selflessly as Jesus did.
Jesus is not just our Lord but He is our example. He lived the kind of life He wants us to live, and He did so for the purpose of providing us an example to follow. We cannot become a 1st-century itinerant Jewish preacher as He was, but we can adopt the attitude which motivated Him and thus have His spirit animate our modern lives. This is something that can only be done individually. Jesus was an individual and we must obey Him as individuals. Group membership does nothing to commend us to Him. He wants each and every individual heart devoted to Him just as He Himself is devoted to each and every individual heart.