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. – 1 Cor 13
I’ve read it a hundred times. Heard it at weddings. Even used it at weddings a few times myself. Maybe one of the most spoken verses in the Bible. Maybe it is time that it is the most lived verse in the Bible.
Last night at exchange, we explored Mark 8:29-32 and the idea of be-do-have (click here for the full audio under “Imagine: Cause unlocked”). We explored how before we do all the stuff of serving we need to be connected to Christ.
I think Paul is saying the same thing here. We can “do” the prophecy bit, rattle off a bunch of knowledge, even serve or die for the cause, but if love is not part of who we are, we gain nothing. Christ is most interested in who. The “be” is foundational.
Last night at exchange we launched our week of fasting. (Check out Shawn’s post). Tons of people are making significant sacrifices this week. Some are going without internet, some without smoking, some without food. I’m on a water and juice fast. Our purpose is that we might “be” closer to Christ. We hope that with some suffering, Christ may be a bit more supreme in our life. The things that we are fasting from this week are being replaced with spiritual communication (praying, reading the word, life journaling). Even as I am journaling this morning, Madison is next to me doing her journaling (she gave up TV for the week- not bad for an 8 year old.)
God, may you help us this week to be love. In our weakness, may you be strong, and may we somehow be love. May we love like your son.
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