Love is a hard thing to talk about mainly because we have a little bit of a deficiency in our language regarding the concept.
When we talk about loving things we really talk about a multitude of things but when we hear the word love we almost always immediately connect with the feeling of love.
The truth of love is so much more than a mere feeling. This I realize is counter to what you have heard from the world. The world tells you to follow your heart, to seek the desires of your heart and to let your heart be your guide. All of this means that if you follow what makes you feel happy then you are doing the right thing, and you will be happy.
The Bible makes quick work of all this by telling us simple that our hearts are the last thing we should follow.
Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
The truth is that defining love as a feeling is as deficient a comparison as heart the shape and heart the organ. They’re not interchangeable.
One of the clearest scriptures on this topic and I know it has been brought up already in this series but the point it makes is so important that we must all really understand it.
John 13:34-35 ESV
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus tells us here two crucial things, the first is that He is the example by which we should understand what love looks like and the second is that our love should be so prevalent in our conduct that we should be known for it.
We will dig into both of these concepts. I’ll speak first about being known for our love first, even though it’s the second point in the scripture.
As I mentioned we were on vacation in Las Vegas and Los Angeles two big tourist locations and because there’s so many people from so many places all the time in these areas most of the business you walk by in these places have right out on their windows what they are known for. We make the best tacos, we have the best surf boards, the best shows, the best. This is what we are best at, people know us for this one specific thing that we do better than anyone else. It is their identity.
As a Christian person we need to be striving every day to make love our reputation, our identity our persona the thing we are known for so much so that it can’t be mistaken as average.
No one is known for being average. That what average means. Right in the middle, nothing special, nothing to talk about. Just like the majority. You will never see a restaurant that has the words “average BBQ”. No business will do well with a sign that says we do an “okay job”, we have “typical pricing”, we have a “standard selection”. You won’t be mad, but you won’t be jazzed either, ehh!.
to be known for something you have to rise above the average you have to focus and make that your specialty and always be looking for a way to do it better.