Exactly 19 days ago I began a prayer journey with God. I wanted more passion in my life. I wanted to desire Him more. I wanted to radiate His presence in my life to those around me.
As I have told some of my contacts, it is amazing how quickly God answers that prayer. He honors that prayer. He loves that prayer. He gets excited about that prayer.
But true grace from God means that He gives us what we don’t deserve and refuses to leave us where we were when He found us. Talk about a journey of introspection. He has taken me through the ringer. However, today He turned my focus from me and what is going on in my life to those around me. He reminded me that true passion and holy desire are based out of love. Do I really love the people I am ministering to? Do I look at people and recognize God’s unrelenting love for them, even if I don’t know them? Do I desire opportunities to show God’s love to those around me? Do I pray for these opportunities and for the people I will meet each day?
As we all know, love isn’t a feeling but rather an action. I can be having a bad day, but I am still called to love those around me. I can have a lot going on in my head, but I am still called to take notice. I am still called to care. We never go on vacation from following Christ. We are either in it for the long haul or not in it at all. And why did Jesus come? For love. Why do I do what I do? Well, it certainly isn’t for the money. It is definitely for love. God told me today: If you’re going to lead with love, then LEAD WITH LOVE. How’s that for a simple and yet profound statement?
We know when someone truly loves us. We see it in their eyes. We see it in the way they sacrifice their time and the things that are important to them. We see it in the little things. We can only pretend to love someone for a short time before the truth comes out. True love is unmistakable.
So what do I want to communicate this next year in South America? I want to communicate love. But first, I need to truly love the people of Ambato. That is something that I have been praying for. I want God’s heart for His people. I want His heart for His city. So Lord, teach me how to love. Flow through me.
How about you? Do you truly love the people around you? Do you love your city? Have you sought God’s heart for your city? Do you pray for opportunities to show that love that only comes from Him? When it comes down to it, it’s not the size of our ministry that matters to God; it’s the size of our heart and our employment of God’s love in our lives. Don’t steal it all for yourself. There’s more than enough to go around. You are called to love. So do it.