‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
Matthew 7 : 21 – 23
It’s easy to be wowed by all the miracles in the New Testament. People healed, storms calmed, thousands fed. They are incredible stories! Just as in our time we can be drawn to people who seemingly do miraculous things. Stories of incredible things will always amaze and inspire us. But ultimately they are not what’s really important. Jesus says a person could have done incredible things like make prophesies, cast out demons and perform other miracles, yet still have missed the point.
So what then is the point? Well I can’t put it better than Paul does in 1 Corinthians 13,
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Our call as followers of Jesus is to be loving. Everything else is secondary. Miracles are incredible when they happen, but nothing is more powerful and transformative in our world than love.
Pray: Loving God, may be rooted in your love. I don’t want to be someone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ but who doesn’t mean it, or does amazing things yet has missed the point. Instead I want to be someone who has been shaped by your love and who can reflect that love to others.
Act: Take notice of all acts of kindness you have received today that are completely ordinary and mundane, yet made your day better. Thank God for them. Love doesn’t need to be exciting to be powerful.