If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
I really enjoy sleep.
I often look for opportunities to get a nap in or sleep in, it is a great feeling to be caught up enough to take a nap. Sometimes, and don’t tell anyone, I still have a lot to do but I manage to squeeze in a nap. I just feel so much more like doing the things I need to do, after I totally wake up of course.
Sleep is great.
Therefore, because I treasure my sleep so much, I have an enemy. I call this enemy the alarm clock. I hate this terrible invention with its incessant, “BAH BAH BAH BAH!” that has drawn me back into reality from many a wonderful dream. This frequent pain has caused me to wake early in the hopes to avoid the terrible noise and has done a good amount of psychological harm.
I am serious.
If I hear an alarm clock in a store or on a television program my brow instantly furrows and I am placed in a bad mood. I don’t understand why, but it just instantly makes me frustrated.
When I look at the Scripture at the beginning of this post it talks about how the faith that I have is worthless unless I have love, in fact the whole chapter of I Corinthians deals with this. In some translations it says that our faith is like the clanging of a symbol, in this case a creaky gate, the point is it is likened to an annoying sound.
For me, the most annoying sound is an alarm clock.
One time my wife (Denise) got up for work and forgot to turn off her alarm. Denise is a teacher and gets up very early (about 5:30am), and this happened to be my day off. My perfect sleep in day…all for not.
That was annoying…
…but I have done the same to her on accident…
…the point is still the same.
Is the way I carry out my faith annoying and does it cause people to be annoyed (as I am with the alarm) with my faith?
What is it that I am making the sacrifice of Christ out to be?
Is it a set of rules? Is it a lot of talk with no action? Is it annoying? Is it an empty promise? Is it a cold shoulder with a warm smile in the hopes of inadvertently faking people into believing I am genuine?
I know I am guilty of this, but I also know that since God has been revealing this to me…He has been moving me away from that. I am still “sick” and annoying, but I believe He is making me well.
Today, my challenge is to not be the blaring alarm clock, the creaking gate, the clanging symbol, with your faith. The challenge is to love others as Christ loved them. We can talk a good game, even moved mountains (check it out, it is in chapter 13) but if we don’t love people…we are truly portraying the love of Christ, which is why He came here.
We are making His story annoying to those who need to hear about Him and learn of His great love for them.
Let us who know Him, come to know Him better…let us make Him famous…by learning to love others as He does. We need not push an agenda, but rather love others and let God do the work and present the time for the conversation.