If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. I Corinthians 13:1 - 3
In a society that is so performance-based, we see, even in ministry, an unbalanced interest in works. There is always the pressure to "do" something. It doesn't matter if the 'something' is fruitful and ordained of God. The prevailing thought is to do something to show your worth.
While love is an action word, it's characteristics are more descriptive of the person versus a work. I've been led to examine each characteristic of love and I will be sharing those insights in the upcoming Weekly Wisdom's.
It is time for Christians to return back to their first love which is Jesus Christ and do the things that we did at first. When I was first saved, my greatest desire was to spend time with God in His word and in prayer. While in His presence I was transformed into His image.
We've lost something in our desire to "do" ministry. Sometimes we need to simply "be". I strongly believe, and the scripture support this, that God is more interested in who we are in Christ Jesus and us being conformed to His image. Since we've been made in the image of the Son He loves we should exhibit His character.
I encourage you this week to return back to your first love, Jesus Christ, and walk as He did. Jesus was the expressed image of love in the earth in His person and in His service. He was our example of how to walk in love and the fruit of the Spirit.