My godfather was buried last week. The verse I chose to him was 1 Corinthians 13:13: And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. That tells you a lot about what kind of man he was. But even I was in for a surprise at the funeral.
All his neighbors were telling stories after stories how he had helped them. How he had served them. How he had loved them.
I was floored in awe. I had known he was a loving godfather. I had experienced his love and care in many ways. But he had embodied love in everything he did. He had loved everyone around him. He had truly lived a life of love. Everything he had done was done with love.
What a legacy.
That is what I want to strive for. I want to ooze God’s love left and right. I want to love and serve God as I go about my daily tasks. I want everything to be done with love. I want to live a life of love. I want to leave a legacy of love.
Yet I fail daily. What can I do?
Yes, once again we are back to Jesus. I can’t but Jesus can. If I seek first the kingdom of God…this will happen too. If I abide in Christ…love will inhabit me too. If I live in the Spirit…I will be enabled to love and serve.
Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Cor. 16:14, NRSV)
The verse does not say “do everything in love”…but “let everything be done in love”. We need to let God work through us. We need to let the Holy Spirit flow freely in us. And then everything we do is done with Love.
If we want to leave a legacy of love, we need to stick closely to Jesus. The more we abide in Christ, the more loving we will become. Not because we’d be that amazing but because then God can show who he really is through us. And God is love.
Come and live in us!
Show us how to embody love,
how to do everything in Love.
Enable, empower, equip us!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Have you met people who embody love? What was their secret?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you strive to live a life of love!
Image courtesy of Ian Barnard. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1032 We can live a life of love if we abide in Christ.