Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Observation: Love is more important than anything else in the world.
Application: Our priorities have been misplaced. We worry too much about how we present ourselves to others. In the Christian community and in the church we are concerned with the question of, can other people look at us and immediately know that we are a Christian? We worry about how we look in the eyes of others.
Are we a church that is devoted to the scriptures? Are we moral and upright? How does the world see us? Do we have the right kind of people attending our church? What kind of people are we attracting, and what kind of people do we want to attract? Do we believe in miracles and the moving of The Holy Spirit in our lives today? Do we speak in tongues, do we lay hands on one another and pray for healing? What is our theology on the Holy Trinity? What is our stance on the end times and the book of Revelation? Are we active in missionary work? Are we Charismatic or Evangelical, or are we methodical and dogmatic in our worship? What kind of music do we use, contemporary or traditional? Should we have separate services to attract people of different taste in worship styles? And what about the preacher? What kind of preacher do we have, and what kind do we want? Do we want a preacher that makes you think, or one that stirs up the soul with his messages, do we want a minister who makes regular visits and is at our door regularly, or one that just is there when you call?
These are some of the main priorities and concerns that we find in the church and within the Christian communities of faith. Whether we admit it or not, our actions speak louder than our words, a tree is known by it’s fruit and the world will judge accordingly.
As Paul was speaking to the Corinthian Christians he made the point that all of these concerns and worries will eventually pass away. None of these things should be our highest priority, and they don’t serve our higher purposes. The greatest things, the things that we should be seeking the most are Faith, Hope, and Love. Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hope for our home in heaven, and Love for God and for one another. The Greatest of All is LOVE. We must love one another, and we must love God, and if we do that, all these other things will take care of themselves. God will bless us and our church will prosper, our souls will be lifted closer to heaven and we will experience a more intimate spiritual walk if we just focus on our Love for God and our Love for one another.
Help us as Christians, as your Church, to walk in Faith, with Hope, and in Love. Help us to make these our only goals and our main priorities. Help us to be faithful to you, to share the hope of heaven and to love one another and all of your creatures. Guide us and keep us on the right path, in Jesus Name.