Good morning, my friends! What a gorgeous morning in the Pacific Northwest!
I came across a very familiar passage to many of us. And I particularly like it in the “Passion Translation…”
And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 TPT)
I am profoundly and regularly confronted by these words. They grate against my flesh. They make me uncomfortable in my in my own skin. They are not natural to my instincts. Or, more accurately, this is how I would feel if I actually stopped to think about it.
We get this scripture in reverse all the time. I want to know my gifts and calling before I know others. I want to know that I matter before others matter to me. Who I am and what I’m becoming supersedes my need to love others. The difficult truth is that our need to be known for who we are routinely interrupts our call to love without measure.
God’s agenda, on the other hand is simple: to learn the depths of what love is. Learning love is not the same as giving out morsels of love that appease my conscience. Every relationship depends upon me growing in love. Every work of God is released by it. There is no gospel, nor real ministry, without His love manifesting in an ever increasing way.
Would you allow the Spirit of the Lord to move you in a brand new way, today? People are not projects upon which we chisel and shape them into our predetermined image. They are not objects of either our approval or disdain. They were given breath to draw out of us the heart of the Father that releases them into their divine story. This is the true meaning and purpose of life.
Don’t seek the gift, be the gift, today.