The Only Thing That Matters

Friday, April 26, 2013

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"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

When this life is over, when it is all said and done, the Bible is clear that of all the things we spent our time pursuing, of all the things that we thought were important, only one thing will remain. That one thing is love. So why do we spend so much time and energy emphasizing the things that the Apostle Paul told us would not stand the test of time and spend very little time emphasizing the one thing that will remain?

I believe it is because these other things are glamorous and exciting. Love is hard and is done away from the limelight. It takes work, is risky, and requires humility and putting your pride aside. Tongues and prophecy grab people's attention and are mysterious and exciting. They are done in public and bring attention to you. Love requires you to lower yourself and wash someone's feet or attend to their wounds. It is about doing things that no one else wants to do. Prophecy draws a crowd around you, but love draws you away from the crowd to those who are unlovable.

Paul is not saying that we should do away with tongues and prophecy. We need the gifts of the Spirit. They are important and are given by God to us. But without love the gifts are meaningless. What would happen if we spent the same amount of energy pursuing love that we spend pursuing tongues and prophecy? I suspect that it would revolutionize our churches and we would become more like the church Christ called us to be because we would become more like him. There would be less division and conflict in our churches and more unity.

What will we spend our time and energy on today? Let's pursue the one thing that really matters. Pursue love today.

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