Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014 “The Quality To Be Someone”

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1st Corinthians 13:1)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)

Good Morning Partners in Prayer!

Have you noticed the season we’re in these days? I’m not talking about winter, nor do I mean the post-Christmas doldrums many face. Epiphany has come and gone, so it isn’t that, either. College football season has concluded, so that isn’t it. No, I call this the “Diet Commercial Season.” Right after Christmas, they begin. We are bombarded with ads for diet programs, diet supplements, free trials, all guaranteed to shed those unwanted pounds we put on during the season of great sales on turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, gravy, and pie. Most physicians will tell us that the best method of getting back into shape is through a combination of diet and exercise. It isn’t just one or the other…it’s both that are needed. As I grow older, I find neither to be particularly appealing and more challenging to do. So more often than not, I often find myself praying each day for the strength needed to do what I am called to do throughout the day. Praying for physical strength is not a bad thing. Praying for spiritual strength is even more important, and God will provide that. In fact, Paul echoes the same when he writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Let’s conclude, therefore, that this is indeed a prayer God will answer each day as we pray it. Well and good! But maybe there is something else of great importance for which we should pray…and that would be to love as Christ loved. Paul eloquently wrote of it in 1st Corinthians 13. He mentioned many desirable spiritual gifts and qualities…preaching, prophecy, spiritual discernment, faith, self sacrifice, saying that without love they amounted to nothing. Robert Foster astutely observed,

“Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone.”

The strength to do things, while important, amounts to nothing without love, which he calls “the quality to be someone.”  With strength, we may be able to speak eloquently, but if not coupled with love, it’s just a lot of annoying noise. With strength, we may accumulate more than enough to give generously to others, but if not coupled with love, it is meaningless. Today, pray for strength. God will grant it. You can do all things through Christ Who will strengthen you. Also, pray for love, that you may be someone…and that “someone” is Christ. C.S. Lewis, in his classic book “Mere Christianity” wrote Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” And that’s what it’s all about! Let’s pray!

Merciful God; We know of love because of You. We love because You first loved us. Fill our hearts with the love of Christ, that we may be “someone”…that we may be “Christ” to someone today. We ask this in the Name of your most beloved Son, Jesus our Lord and our God. Amen!

 

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