Welcome back to Episode 2 of True Spirituality. Remember that True Spirituality Is Not Determined By How You Act In Church, But By How You Treat Other People. There are 3 key components to this and let’s get to the first one:
1. True Spirituality Is Evidenced By Love.
If you want to become spiritual, there are a number of things you must master in your personal life.
- We Need To Be Committed To The Goal Of Spirituality. We need to be able to say, “I’m not going to let the world, or sin, or traditions, or money, or enemies, or friends, or family stand in the way of my becoming close to God.”
- We Also Need To Be Disciplined. We need to be able to govern ourselves and force ourselves at times to do what we don’t necessarily feel like doing, and, at times, not do what we really feel most like doing.
- We Also Need To Be Consistent. We need to make a regular habit of prayer, Bible study, worship, and service to God. These things can’t be done in a half-hearted when I feel like it fashion.
As important as these habits are, Paul tells us they are not really the key to spirituality. It’s Not Enough To Accumulate Knowledge, Or Be Disciplined, Or Be Committed. There is something much more important than any of these. You Must Develop A Heart Full Of Love. Look at the latter half of verse 1: “while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.” And he follows this up later with the most famous passage of all in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13—The Love Chapter.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is the primary component of the Christian life. This is the key to growing God’s Kingdom “People Don’t Care How Much You Know, They Want To Know How Much You Care.” Have you ever wondered why your friends who are not Christians (hopefully you have some of these, if not, “Shame on you!”) never ask you about your faith? Well, it may be that they sense in you that all you will talk about is WHAT you know. Quite frankly, they do not need to know what you know. They need the WHO, not the WHAT! If all you talk about is The What, then it is clear that you are unclear about The WHO!
God has a primary concern about you once you decide to follow Jesus. His primary concern for your spiritual growth is not how much you know, But How Much You Love Those Created In His Image. When you stand before the throne on judgment day, He won’t say, “Wow! You really knew the Greek.” Or…”Wow! You could argue the authorship of Isaiah with the best of them.” Or…”Wow! You sat in the same pew every Sunday for 57 years.” Those aren’t the things God is looking for. He wants you to develop a heart full of love towards others and towards Him. True spirituality isn’t measured merely by how good you are, but by how good you are to others. And this is measured by how well we love. If you have been reading me for any time, you know what’s coming next…
Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him.
Tomorrow we will look at the next component of True Spirituality.