Jan 21, 2020

The Greatest of These

love

What is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to you? The greatest gift you’ve ever received? The greatest story you’ve ever heard? We are drawn to greatness. You make sure to be at the program if you think it’s going to be good, but if you anticipate greatness, you’ll invite your whole street! We all want to experience and be a part of greatness, and to share it with others.

From the Bible we learn that there is much that is good, some things that are even better, but also that which is the greatest of all. “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV). “Why,” you might ask, “I thought faith and hope were vital to even being a Christian?” They are! But according to God’s Word, they take second place to love. For of these three, love alone will endure throughout eternity. The greatest command, Jesus said, is to love the Lord, and the second is to love others as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). God designed your life to be oriented toward others, and ultimately himself.

In less than a month our neighbors and friends, and nearly our entire culture, will celebrate “love” on Valentine’s day. Ask what they mean by “love” and you will likely hear a wide array of responses—emotional closeness, a warm tingly feeling, chocolate… the list could go on. As followers of Jesus, we know not just what love is, but who love is, for “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16 ESV). This is the sacrificial and joyful calling of every believer.

Do you know God’s love in Christ? Do you strive to love others around you? Would you invite them into the greatest gift of all – the love of Christ. And into the love of his family – the church.

Our Senior Adults will be having a special Valentine’s Banquet at 12 pm on February 15 (the day after Valentine’s). This would provide a great opportunity to invite another senior adult who doesn’t know the love of Christ to hear and experience it with God’s people. But don’t just invite them, buy them a ticket and pick them up as you come! Mark Fuller, a southern gospel pianist and singer, will join us for a special time after we enjoy delicious BBQ from the Southern Pit in Griffin. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from our church office or on Sundays from Patti Phillips in the front lobby after morning worship. This event is for singles and couples alike as we come together to celebrate the love God gives us through Christ, to all who believe (John 3:16).