Love is not self seeking. Love cares for others. When we pray, we pray for another’s good.
Who is God searching for among believers in times of crisis like these?
“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for [the sake of] the land, that I would not destroy it, but I found no one [not even one].” (Ezekiel 22:30)
God is asking believers to cry and weep for the suffering world. To intercede for the weak and oppressed in prayer. Mostly, believers are focused on physically helping which will always fall short. The other problem with physical help is the temptation of becoming a proud doer. Telling the world of your good deeds. Seeking self.
The saddest aspect of a believer is his lack of belief in God’s call to pray. Praying has powers beyond all the human help put together. Did Israel win the battles because they were great warriors? No. God gave them great victories because of prayer and praise.
Self seeking believers
Ananias and Sapphira kept part of the money, received from selling their property, having promised all. While they started in love, promising help for the ministry, they died in sin because of their lies. They did not truly love God, got trapped in their love for money.
Judas walked as a servant of God, only to give in to greed, seeking his own and rejecting the love of God, literally and spiritually.
How easily we fall away! How dangerous is temptation! How grave is our situation without God! It only takes a moment to throw away everything about God from our lives. The depravity of sin should not be underestimated. If it hadn’t been for the blood of Jesus no one could have been saved.
You can leave all for Christ to minister to the flock, only to turn into an obstinate and dominating person. Loving God means to serve others. If you do not love another then you aren’t preparing for heaven. Love does not misuse the position, but serves to make others fruitful for the glory of God.
Love, to serve.
Love, to give.
Love, in truth.
Maranatha, Praise God and Amen.