Mt 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
:35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
:37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
:39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.”
The questioner wanted to test Jesus, but the Lord answered him with the key element in pleasing God.
First and foremost, our relationship with Him is a matter of the heart.
If we see God as a taskmaster and consider obedience to Him as a burden, then we have joined those of whom the Lord said:
Rev 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Joy is to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.