About this time every year we celebrate President’s Day. It’s a time when we honor our nation’s chosen leaders, both present and past. Leadership is influence, and influence comes when we live in such a way that we inspire others to follow us. I love what Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Our chief want is someone to inspire us to be what we know we could be.” How long has it been since you inspired someone to grow closer to Jesus and to become a passionate worshiper of Him? Do others see a passion for Christ in how you live your life? Are you influencing others to draw near to the Lord and to follow your example? That’s what great leaders like Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln did. They inspired. Perhaps we should aim to do the same. But let’s aim even higher and point others to the greatest leader there is…Jesus.
I Corinthians 13 is one of the most famous passages in all of scripture. It’s commonly called the “love” chapter. This passage is quoted in a variety of different ways in everything from books to movies. But there is one phrase tucked in the midst of Paul’s unparalleled definition of love that really inspires me. He says, “Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” What a powerful reminder to all of us worshipers. We never need to rejoice or feel vindication of some sort when another believer falls into sin. Instead, we need to keep our eyes on our own lives…consistently and passionately seeking His truth, standing for His truth, and living by His truth…bearing all things and enduring all things. Let’s seek the truth in love through every avenue in life.
No amount of words can replace just being there. I’ve had to learn this the hard way, as I was on the road for over 230 nights a year and was constantly away from home. My life was completely out of balance because I was totally consumed with building a career and was missing out on the chance to build my family. Well God broke me of that and things are much better now, but I still struggle with all this because in order to build a family or relationship, it requires a tremendous amount of quality time. “Redeem the time,” the Bible says. And you know what I’m learning…to redeem the time doesn’t always mean we make ourselves busier. It doesn’t always mean we need to be in a hurry. Sometimes it means that we just sit…and listen…and learn…and love.
I love my wife. And I know she loves me. But there are times that I take her love for granted. I think of the countless times she has made me meals, washed my clothes, and taken care of our kids while I didn’t even really take notice. I just continued to move about my own business never stopping to think what life would be like without her. Let me ask you, do you appreciate the Love of God? Are you thankful for His love? I think sometimes we take for granted His sacrificial and unchanging and unconditional love for us. He demonstrates his love for us in so many ways, but the greatest way is in the fact that He died for us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates HIs own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Worship Christ today and thank Him for His love.