In any game or sport, it’s important to have a definable win. Score the most points. Put the ball in the hoop. What is the win of Christianity?
Jesus defines the win of Christianity in John 13:35:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The win of Christianity is love. The win of the church is love
Of all the things we could aim for or strive to be and do, love is supreme.
If I speak in the tonguesof men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. I Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
Love is greater than gifts – Before and after his famous “Love Chapter” the apostle Paul describes some of the gifts God gives. He is bringing perspective, because sometimes we’re impressed with the wrong stuff. God gives gifts to everyone but without love, it’s just noise.
Love is greater than knowledge –The Bible tells us to get knowledge. The more we understand the things of God the better we should be at loving.
Love is greater than power – Power without love destroys.
Love is greater than self-promoting sacrifice – Love gives. Love lays down its own life. But if we give and sacrifice just for bragging rights, that’s awfully shallow.
God gives lots of things. He gives gifts. He gives knowledge. He gives power. But there is one thing God is. God IS love. Love is what/who he is. Love defines him. As bearers of his image, we want love to defines us.
Join us this month as we Love Where We Live. We are beginning the journey with prayer. Stay tuned in to our Facebook page for the weekly prayer focus, and pick up a magnet the next time you are on campus. This week we are praying for the people in our neighborhoods.