Jesus said that people will know that you are His follower by the love you have for others. An important part of loving people is spending time with people. Time is needed to pause and assess the needs of the people around you. The culture within God’s family, which includes all believers, is love.
A side effect of being busy all the time is a diminished capacity to love. If the devil cannot make you “bad,” he will try to make you busy – too busy to make time to love others. In contrast with what the devil or the world would have you do, in order to truly love, you need to carve out time – create a “margin of time” – to love on another person. Love the person who is right in front of you. Treat them the way the Lord would. Be unselfish. And when you are done loving that one person, love another.
In the biblical story about the Good Samaritan, a person was in need on the road, but the religious leaders, respected citizens and self-centered people were all too busy to stop and help him. They couldn’t be bothered. They refused to spend any time helping the person in need. They refused to love.
It took a Samaritan to stop and carve out a margin of time in his schedule to help the person in need. The Good Samaritan, as noted in the Bible, decided that it was okay to be interrupted in his life to help another. It reflected the culture of the kingdom of God – the culture of love.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31 NIV
God wants to shape you and transform you to make you part of a movement to bring every person into the love they are currently living outside of. We need to bring love to people. They will know that God is dwelling within your spirit and empowering you by your love.
The United States has largely turned into a nation of tired, frustrated people who don’t make enough time to do what is the most important, which is love. Dare to be different and get blessed as a result. Put loving others in a godly way on top of your priority list today and see the kind of impact it makes – one person at a time. Spell out “love” in action with your T-I-M-E.