A story is told of a man seated on a crowded bus.  Men and women were standing in the aisle.  This man seated has his head bowed and his eyes closed.  The person seated beside him is concerned.  So he asked the man, “Sir, I see your head is bowed and your eyes are shut, are you sick?”  The reply was “no.”  The passener then asked, “are you praying?”  Again the rply was “no.”  “Well then, may I ask, why do you keep your head bowed and your eyes closed?”  The man without opening his eyes or lifting his head simply replied, “I can’t stand to see women standing.”

  Now, we will have to keep our heads bowed and our eyes closed if we are going to fail to see human needs. Man’s inhumanity to man, hate, greed, selfishness, sin of all kind, is evident all around us.  We dare not hide our heads in the sand, ostrich like, and dismiss the fact of sin.  Sin is real.  We know it by observation and by personal experience.  Billy Sunday siad, “I know that the devil is real, I have done business with him.”  The antidote for sin is LOVE.  Christians are to reach out in love to serve, witness to the world of the love of God.

  We are sometimes asked in the church to teach people to give.  That is getting the cart before the horse.  People must first be taught to love.  You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.   So, if we are going to serve people, we must love people.  Love has to serve. 

  Young people enjoy a song from the religious folk musical: “Pass It On.”  It goes like this: 
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
That is how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it.
You spread this love to everyone.
You want to pass it on.”

With the love of God in us, we will have to share His love with everyone.  We cannot help ourselves,  Love has to serve.

  According to God, service is the way of greatness.  Jesus came to teach and to show us that the way to greatness is service.  He came not to be ministered unto but to minister, not to be served, but to serve.  To love the Lord is to serve Him and to serve Him is to serve others.  We Christians have the God given task of binding up the wounded, helping up the fallen, comforting those who sorrow, feeding the hungry, befriending the lonely, and giving spiritual guidance to the confused. This is all accomplished by exalting Jesus through word and deed.  We must teach and exemplify Christ.  We must be influencial for Him. 

  I learned this saying, “My walk talks and my talk walks but my walk talks further than my talk walks.”

4 Responses to “WHAT DOES LOVE DO?”

  1. WO W ! What a message. And devotional too. We are never to old to serve and love others. Thank you for sharing this one, also for studding and leading our Small Group Bible study at church, our first Sunday School Class at FCC in many years ..Our Church is growing .Max people may think you just pull these out of a file and that’s it, but I see you studding and preparing all of this work for hours . Thank you for serving God in this way.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Max: thanks for this devotional message,. It is a real ” where the rubber meets the road” kind of message. It is what we are called to do. Thanks for all you do!

  3. A great message.How much do I and others need to remember loving others.

  4. Max you are a great blessing to us all. We love you very much. Thanks for all you are and do. Many more years be yours. God keep you. DOC

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