There are some scriptural passages that succinctly get to the point, telling us in one way or another what is crucial – what is most important.
Here’s a number of summary scriptures:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
O be wise; what can I say more?
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail –
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
It doesn’t seem that all of these verses are in exact agreement, but some common themes do arise.
If you can think of other summary scriptures or if you have particular thoughts in reaction to these verses already shared, please feel free to respond in the comments.