YOU WERE FORMED FOR GOD’S FAMILY
Day 16: What matters most
“No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love” (I Corinthians 13:3b)
Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love.
“When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10)
Why does God insist that we give special love and attention to other believers? Why do they get priority in loving?
Because God wants his family to be known for its love more than anything else. Jesus said our love for each other is our greatest witness to the world.
He said, “Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you’re my disciple”(John 13:35)
THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE
Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Why?
—Life without love is really worthless : “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Relationships are what matters most in life. Busyness is a great enemy of relationships. Remember:Life – Love = Zero
— Love will last forever: Another reason God tells us to make love our top priority is that it is eternal: “These three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13)
Love leaves a legacy. Love is the secret of a lasting heritage.
— We will be evaluated on our love: The third reason to make learning to love the goal of your life is that it is what we will be evaluated on in eternity.
THE BEST EXPRESSION OF LOVE IS TIME
The importance of things can be measured by how much time we are willing to invest in them. The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. If you want to know a person’s priorities, just look at how they use their time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
Whenever you give your time, you are making a sacrifice, and sacrifice is the essence of love.
THE BEST TIME TO LOVE IS NOW
The Bible says, “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone. Use every chance you have for doing good. Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need t. Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now”.
Why is now the best time to express love? Because you don’t know how long you will have the opportunity. Circumstances change. You have no guarantee of tomorrow.
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
Summarized from Purpose driven life written by Rick Warren