Love, I have discovered, is the conductor of Holy Spirit power; like a platinum wire from heaven to the soul. Paul, the apostle, wrote, “the ONLY thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). Maybe this is why the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) states – “there are three, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.” The next verse (14:1) goes on to say “pursue love and while you are at it-pursue the spiritual gifts and especially that you may prophesy” (14:2) because these are ways that you can minister the same love you have received to others – even non-believers.
The Bible states that all can prophesy. Of course, you prophesy in love and with no other motive than to bless people and to indicate to people that God loves them and Jesus is alive. That’s pure love not love sprinkled with wanting to look good, be recognized, perform so that ‘God will accept you” – He already does and totally accepts you because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for you. You don’t need to perform. So, move in true love, pure love and speak accurate prophetic words because you have no hidden agenda. Express your faith in God through love – love others and tell them, even show them, how much God loves them.
We can do this in the Church, of course, as Sunday morning assemblies are a good time for the gifts to flow and for the love of God to be seen in action. But, the place that the love of God is really needed is in the streets, on the highways and by-ways … in the back alleys and lane-ways. I like what Fredrick Eddington did … a black preacher from Dallas, Texas he went to the streets with no title, no pay and no pulpit. He said, “When the Bible says to go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that’s what I did. I was compelled by the Holy Spirit to go out and preach. I couldn’t even imagine not doing it – it wasn’t something I felt pressured to do. It felt natural.” His preaching, I am told, was always accompanied by a demonstration of God’s power.
Paul tells us in Romans that if our sharing of the Gospel is in words only we have not fully preached the Gospel (15:18-19). Paul records that God wants to demonstrate His power through us (1 Corinthians 2:4-5) and thus put Himself on public display out in the world and on the streets. But, like the preacher we have to decide to obey the voice of God as recorded in the scriptures. And, we have to say “yes” to being used supernaturally as we go into all the world and share with others the love of God for sinners. There is no greater adventure – no greater purpose – no greater rush.
There is nothing to wait for and no reason to be slow in doing what every believer has been commanded to do. We have everything necessary to be successful when witnessing to others about the love of God as found only through Jesus. The Bible states that we have received “everything that pertains unto life and godliness (1 Peter xxx) and that when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit we received the power Paul talks about. The Bible further states that the purpose of the power is to be a witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8) and thus, like Paul, “fully proclaim the Gospel” with words and deeds, by the power of the Spirit.
It seems we have everything we need -except the willingness to go and do it.