Now and Then

Undergraduate school happened to be the most influential time of my Christian walk. I was in a position where I could not judge my adolescent counterparts for their walks with the Lord because I was still growing myself and yet I had just rededicated my life to Christ so I was earnestly making strides for the Lord. I allowed my peers to watch me stumble and fall and I was always there with them when they fell in their walk, holding them and reminding them that I still loved them and so did God. Years later, I received messages on Facebook and emails from people from Howard University that I didn’t even know were paying attention to me. Many of them told me that watching me serve God was an inspiration to them and many of those individuals had finally given God their whole heart. One of the guys was an alcoholic in school and now he is a preacher. He told me that my example of love showed him that Christ would love him no matter where he was in his life. I do not take credit for their transformation, but I learned from that experience the power of loving someone.

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I remembered this moment in my life while listening to Bishop Blake’s sermon “Now and Then,” in which he talks about love being the most important and powerful gift to give. “If I speak in tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1 Speaking in tongues, giving, preaching and teaching the word are all powerful gifts we use to grow closer walks with Jesus and to minister to those in need. However, the Bible tells us that those gifts are not as powerful as love. Your love takes precedence over your gifts. Your gifts should be used to shine a light on Christ but if they are not exercised with the heart of God you can cause someone to miss all that Christ is. His very message is love. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 His message saves souls. Therefore, we must be the very beating of Christ’s heart for the world to be saved from eternal damnation. Show love everyday and you will have shown the very character of who God is and desires to be in every person’s life.