The Main Thing
|September 23, 2011||Posted by carmen under Uncategorized|
Whether it’s a gentle budge, a violent shove…or somewhere in between, it is, for certain, unwelcome. I’m perfectly happy in my la-la-land where all is happy and well and good with the world, thankyouverymuch.
But la-la-lands don’t hold up under the crushing weight of human existence…not for long anyway. There is always something to wrench our hearts into knowing that all is not well, and people are hurting and life is fleeting.
Suddenly making shopping lists, figuring out what to wear to that event or planning the next couple of field trips don’ t hold a grip on the mindspace. The daily busy-ness that consumes gets pushed down and thoughts of what is real takes precedent. Everything else seems minuscule.
In times like these I’m reminded of the importance of love. Loving in all we do, with all our heart, fully and completely. Have you ever found yourself too busy to show love? I have. The Lord has often used these words to remind me to check my priorities and my attitudes.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
What is the main thing?
It is to demonstrate real love in word and deed. It is to teach our children what it means to love others, to lead by example.
It is to love others by telling them of the ultimate sacrifice, done out of God’s unconditional love for us while we, still embroiled in sin, were completely undeserving. But in his mercy, he offered grace to us so that we may have life.
24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
16“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.