If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal….(1 Corinthians 13:1).
Many of us, myself included, have viewed the pursuit of life, in the Kingdom of God as a ladder to climb on our way to the top. I have pursued my own selfish desire to be known and seen by others. I’ve pursued making a name for myself. I’ve even pursued the praise and adoration of people as I’ve “served the Lord.”
In fact, for many years I led a very successful ministry, but it took me a few years of leading it to figure out that my greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God was not in running a great program, but in dispensing love. The kind of love that can only come from God.
Yes, the greatest gift we can give to another person is love, to see them, and to help them know they are deeply loved. Not as another number in a program, but a person to be loved. Yes, this was the mission of Jesus, to love people, not things or programs.
How do we give out this kind of love? You can fake it, but that won’t go very deep. You can try to muster up more of it, but again, it will never come out as genuine. We must submit ourselves to the mercies of the Lord Jesus who grows our hearts to be more like His. Yes, this is the only way as we submit ourselves to His transformative love. I have found for me that I have to be very intentional to change my habits and do things that make me feel a bit uncomfortable as I trust God for a new heart.
Consider practicing love with a simple hug, or a smile. Start small and begin by letting the love of Christ that dwells richly in your heart through His grace be what comes out of you. Submit yourself to His metamorphosis and watch Him love people through you. Will this be a less glamorous ministry? Yes, of course, but it will, on all accounts be true Kingdom work for the glory of God.
Lord, today I want to live for you. I want to submit myself to you. Please love people through me. I cannot do it without you. Jesus, be my joy and search the deep parts of my heart as I seek to love people with your love, in your name I pray, Amen.