The Greatest of These Is Love

I got to perform "Stay Here" near Boise, ID this morning. I've been performing the sketch since college. If you were tracking you may have noticed that I was scheduled to perform a different piece with the pastor of the Friends church here, Ken Redford. He and I wrote that piece in college. But late in the week Ken felt led in a different direction.

Not surprisingly, almost every song fit the new theme. I've seen this happen so many times over the years, and since I'm in so many churches across the land I've also seen similar themes play out as the Holy Spirit guides his people on a larger scale than we sometimes imagine.

In "Stay Here," Ken played Jesus and I played a fellow who had scheduled to spend some time with Him. Ken placed the sketch after his great sermon.

Here are my notes:

Ready, Set, Grow
1. The best use of life is love.
"Let love be your highest goal."
1 Corinthians 14:1

"These three remain: faith, hope and love."
1 Corinthians 13:13

Why love?
Love is what life is all about.
Love is all that is going to last.

2. The best expression of love is time.
"Let us not love with our words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
I John 3:18
Time is our most precious commodity.
The most desired expression of love is concentrated time.
To say time is money cheapens time. We can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

3. The best time to love is now.
"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Galatians 6:10

The Christian life isn't so much about imitating Christ, but living in intimacy with Him.

"Look carefully at how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
Ephesians 5:15-16

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Might be more accurate to say "Money is time." Phrasing it in reverse might remind us that every time we strive after money, we are sacrificing some time - something we can never recoup.