Read 1 Corinthians 12 -13
This month I have studied about the greater works that Jesus said we would do after He returned to the Father. I read stories of the works of Jesus, looked at my position in Him through faith and allowed the Holy Spirit to show me the needs of this generation. And just as this month ends, He leads me to the greatest work… The greatest of these is Love.
If I aspire to display Jesus to a searching world, I may be able to raised the dead, heal the sick, comfort the mourning and share the Gospel… but the end result is to share His Love. None of these works have eternal effect if they are not out of the Father’s Love for individuals. Not my glory, His.
So I studied 1 Corinthians 12 & 13. If I’m to continue on this journey of power (and who can deny the world needs to see the real power of a Living God) I have to get hold of the real love of God. I know He loves me, but do I understand, really get it, how much He loves those groping about in the darkness. I confess, I don’t love the way He does. My motive for these works may not be pure. But I will seek after that kind of Love so that ‘the works’ will be born out of it, leading the recipients out of darkness into His wonderful light.
This does not negate the need to open the door for the tangible power of God to show up through a believer’s life, but the key is Love.1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 8, 13 NIV
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing…
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away…
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.