Eloquent and clear communication, forecasting what the future holds, being assured about what God will do, giving generously and sacrificially are all beautiful, necessary, and powerful human virtues. I know people whom I would call ‘super preachers’, you might call them gifted communicators. I know people with uncanny insight and ability to discern God’s will and share what is to come in the future. There are some in my circle who believe God without reservation for miracles. And very close to me are people with hearts of gold, big and generous… they give to others extravagantly. Wow! I feel blessed to be around such people. But, and here comes a big ‘but’. But, without love, useless! Useless, rubbish, of no eternal value, of no gain! Huh!? However, when coupled with love (the preeminent godly value) of immense gain for self and others as well. Love is manifold in its expressions. The apostle Paul famously elaborates upon it in 1 Corinthians 13:4 and following: “love is patient, love is kind, etc.” Oh, that I might daily prioritize love. In doing so, I believe my life will count in eternity. To quote the Beatles- “all we need is love,… love is all we need”.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT
How much focus do I give trying to be eloquent, figuring out the future, building my own faith, and giving to others? Have I discovered that if these are not motivated by an inward love for the recipients, that my efforts are largely in vain?
God, as this day begins- place within me a pure motivation of love for You and others. I want the priority of my life to be love. I know that this is consistent with Jesus life and ministry. So, today I pray How and Who. First, how do You want to love me today? Second, Who do You want me to love in Your name?