Here is an article that my dad writes for his church (Bresee Church of the Nazarene) each week. I would like to include them as a reoccurring addition to my blog.
February 12, 2006
The apostle Paul spoke for all of us when he said, "If I...do not have love, l am nothing" (I Cor. 13:2). That's quite a statement when it is taken in the context of a person perhaps having the gift of prophecy, knowing all mysteries, having all knowledge and even exercising the kind of faith that moves mountains.
Is love really that important? Jesus seem to think so because He said to His disciples, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 123:35).
Again, the apostle Paul suggested to the Corinthian congregation that what moved him and drove him and controlled him was nothing other than "the love of Christ" (I Cor. 5:14). May it be true of us.
There are many important aspects to the Christian life, and may God grace us with them all; but, in the end, the Bible calls us to "pursue love" (I Cor. 14:1). After all it was the love of God that pursued us and gave us Jesus.
The love of Christ in us is like an oasis in a desert place. Mother Teresa, when asked how she had accomplished such great things in her life said this, "None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love."
How can we reach our neighborhood for Christ? Maybe by just doing small things with great love. People are drawn to love. Maybe the best thing we can do in our town is love it with the love of Jesus, and then trust the Holy Spirit to draw others to Christ.