So here’s the thing with God and Jesus and all of it:
You have to be all in.
You have to be all for it, all into it, and you have to be sort of an all-or-nothing on this.
This sounds strange and like something you cannot relate to, I know. It’s peculiar, like those people on busy, bustling downtown street corners, yelling at you to repent of your sinful, movie-going ways; it sounds like this is a message coming from one of those funky-looking vans, complete with a megaphone attached to the roof, it sounds like I mean hell and fire and brimstone and the second coming.
This isn’t that.
What I’m saying is this-you’ve got to be all gung-ho about this, and lay all those cards on the table, not hold any close to your chest or up your sleeves, no matter how badly you may want to.
I’ve been studying 1 Corinthians 13 lately, and it’s good and it reflects this all-in, lay-your-cards on-the-table thought. You know these verses, and probably by heart: it’s “those verses” that everyone usually has someone read at their wedding-“Love is patient, love is kind…”. It’s those verses, the ones we all valiantly aspire to be on our wedding day, those verses we hope to God we all have present in our marriages and in the treatment of our spouses. It’s those verses, the ones we also think are slightly unrealistic; those verses I personally wonder sometimes if they are even attainable, especially on the days I am mean, grouchy and tired, the days that I am anything but patient, kind and long-suffering.
So, these verses, to sum it up quickly and way too easily: love is key. And if you have that, you have everything. And if you don’t, you have nothing.
If you ain’t got love, you’ve got nothing. Nothing.
You could be the most faithful person ever, the holiest of holies, have all the verses in the Bible memorized and ready to convert anyone at any time. But if you don’t have love, none of this matters. Even if your heart is in the right place, that you mean to help someone but don’t have love, are you truly following Christ’s example? Or are you merely a statistician, trying to meet a quota of making sure people understand God’s love, without actually loving them first?
I would say the latter. Not of course, because I don’t like you (I like you a lot actually, especially if you are reading and sharing this blog, hint-hint), but if you’re just spewing off things about the Bible, Christianity, how people should be or what they should do, it’s not really about the love-the love of people, the love for people, or the love of God.
I’m not saying you’re not awesome, you are; simply because of the fact that you were made by a Creator that loves you and that alone makes you worthy.
But, if you think that your role as a Christian is just trying to point the people in the right direction without loving them first, you are truly missing the point.
And might I add-you’re also missing out on a vast amount of love, life, laughter, tears and the very fullness, richness and beautifully imperfect experience of life along the way.