As Christians we look for ways to become more radical and extreme in our faith to reach people for the Gospel and to grow in it. What if these efforts culminated in us speaking a different language that others would hear and recognize that it could only be of God? And what if we could be able to predict the mysteries of the future and show great knowledge from God? Or what if our faith could literally move mountains? What if we took Fox news, CNN, TMZ to the Gorge and said “watch this” as we shouted out in prayer to God “In faith in Jesus, I ask this mountain to move” and it moved to the wonder of others and glory to God. What if we could do all of these radical, extreme things to glorify God and share the Gospel? As great as that may seem, our Scripture today makes a strong point that all of those things won’t matter to God or in the world’s eyes without LOVE. Yes, ordinary, plain old LOVE. The one thing that you probably get sick of hearing about on Sundays and at Connect Group.
“I know, I know… God so loved the world that He gave us…. bluh, bluh, bluh.
“Yea, Yea… Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul.. bluh, bluh, bluh.
“or what about that now annoying kids song?.. Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells… bluh, bluh, bluh.”
We constantly hear about God’s love for us and how we should love God and others but isn’t there a next step? I mean we’ve heard those above things since we were in kids Sunday school. There has to be more. Something more sacrificial and radical?
Well, I’m sorry but God says no. There isn’t anything more. All of those extreme examples listed above means absolutely nothing without love. In fact, maybe we don’t understand love if we believe we need to go beyond God’s love for us and our response by loving Him and others. Maybe we don’t view love the way God created it. Maybe you’ve been deceived into believing that God loves us or you’re supposed to love Him and others like the world displays love. Look at v. 4-8.
Love that is:
- Not envious
- Not boastful
- Not arrogant
- Not rude
- Not selfish
- Not rejoicing in wrongdoing
- Rejoicing in truth
- Bearing all things
- Believing all things
- Hopeful in all things
- Endures all things
- Forever and unconditional
That is God’s love and it seems pretty radical to me. I believe that we try to go past God’s love because that list above is too hard to do with others or to expect from others. I read that list and can’t believe that type of love is given to us from our Heavenly Father. We see that the most in the Gospel. But then I think about how much God can use me, you, and our church if we loved God and others back in those ways. People around us don’t need to see miracles like predicting the future or literally moving mountains in the name of Jesus. They need to see that type of love pointed out above because that type of love is a miracle in itself compared to the world we live in and the false, prideful love that’s on full display. So go ahead and be radical and extreme today by going out and loving God and others.
By: Erik Koliser