60-Days-of-Second: Follow along as 15 bloggers journey through 4 readings each from the new book, Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First. Together they will blog through 60-Days-of-Second. Register to follow at www.iamsecond.com/blog. Get the “Live Second” book in stores December 9.
Day 4 by Aaron Conrad
“But wherever we start, love is the medicine for our lives and the prescription for our predicaments.” –Live Second, 5.
Have you ever read the “Love Chapter” (1 Corinthians 13)? Most likely you have heard this passage at a wedding, seen it on a poster, maybe even have it on some artwork in your home. It’s very popular. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t like the National Anthem. Let me explain:
When you go to a ballgame and stand for the National Anthem, do you just go through the words anticipating the big matchup that will take place as soon as you get through this formality? Do you really consider the words and the implications of the song? We’ve heard it so many times we don’t really think about it anymore. We just want to hear them say “play ball.” I think that can be said for this incredibly important guide to love too.
Imagine you were talking to someone and they said that they could do the following:
- Speak in tongues
- Understand the mystery of God and are all knowing
- Literally move mountains
- Give all they have to the poor
- Surrender their body as a sacrifice
I’m not sure about you, but that is a pretty strong resume. I would be impressed. I’d drop their name in conversations with others if I knew them. I’d say things like, “I know this dude that can literally move mountains” and other people would probably want to meet them too. Here’s the crazy thing… according to the Apostle Paul,
They have NOTHING.
All of the other stuff means nothing if they are missing one huge thing….love.
What Paul is saying is that it’s like having a Ferrari with no gas,
an iPad with no battery,
a basketball hoop with no basketball
and a pool with no water.
To do these things and posses them is wonderful but without the most important thing… you basically have nothing. We as people and the Church can do some wonderful things in our communities. But I wonder how often we do them as an act of love.
John 13:35 says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
As we move through this Live Second journey together, let’s set our baseline with love being the driver for all we do. On our resume, let’s make it the top “achievement” and “goal and objective”. If you’ve got a fever for hate, your only prescription is love. Love the one that hurt you. Love your enemy. Love the one that you haven’t forgiven. Love the one that won’t love you back. Without it, we have nothing. Let’s have something. Let’s love. Let’s Live Second.
Next for the 60-Days-of-Second:
Day 5- “Childless” by Jon Cook