It seems “love” gets the most press today. God is love, we are told. And that is right as 1 John declares this truth. God loves us so much He sent His Son to die for us. Right again – John’s Gospel. We are blessed because He first loved us and we only need respond to His love (1 John). And, that love has been placed in our hearts (Romans). We are told that the love must grow and overflow and splash out onto others (Philippians). So, love is front and center and always referenced. I am glad.
2 Corinthians 13:14 states: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” So, I often ask, “Why such a serious focus on ‘love’ much to the neglect of “grace” and “fellowship’?
Then, of course, the famous love verse read out at many weddings – and coming from the love chapter that is really a chapter on supernatural gifts like prophecy and tongues and how you must walk in love to function correctly in these gifts – 1 Corinthians 13:13. That verse reads, “…three things abide; faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.” Again, we emphasize ‘love’ to the neglect of “faith” and “hope.”
I am not mounting a campaign again “love” as I am seriously thrilled that I have God’s unconditional love every day because I am born again and made Jesus Lord of my life – all of my life – and so love Him with my whole heart. However, there is more to this walk we call “The Way” than love. Right?
How about faith and hope? Remember them, the lost ones from 1 Corinthians 13 … Well, let me take you on a short trip …
Because God loves us and has touched our lives powerfully we have been changed into “new creatures” and have discovered God’s unique plan and purpose for our own individual life.
Knowing God’s purpose has added a sense of meaning to life. We understand the big picture and see how things fit together and the part we play in things – We now have meaning… which is really important because life without meaning has no hope and life without hope as no faith. You see, they all fit together and you can’t really successfully walk in one without the others. It is not a “pick one” menu but a full meal deal.
So, you know your purpose in life because you are a born again believer. Good – this is your area where God wants you to contribute something – His life – to others. This is the area where your supernatural gifts will best be released and you will be able to use your natural skills and talents. Then, as you find a way to contribute, you will find fulfillment in your purpose and your life has meaning … and hope and faith will naturally follow and accompany you into your future.
See, God really did know what He was doing when He “first loved us.” But, don’t just settle for His love as this always leads to so much more.