Friday, April 1, 2011

THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS.

In this day when thousands claim dreams and visions, fire and smoke and signs and wonders, Christ has a vision for His Chosen.  It is a simple vision, and one that cannot be worked out in dreams or in prophetic utterance.

It is love.  It is faith in Christ, that results in love for God and others.  The practical expression of God's character upon the earth is love, and it is the gospel's message, the "full message of this new life" as given us in Scripture.

Do we want treasure in heaven?  Then heed this command:

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Gal. 5:6


Remember God's expression of love in Christ.  If we know Christ, and love Him, then we will love our brothers, and express God's love on a daily basis to them and to the world.  This was Jesus' message to His disciples when He washed their feet.  It is the vine and branch model given us.

Read the New Testament again.  There is nothing else that counts.  If we love, we fulfill all laws.  If we love, we express God's character to the world.  If we live lives of faith expressing love, we are not just making noise, banging cymbals, burning our bodies, but we are gaining real treasure in heaven.  Love covers a multitude of sins.  God is love, and when we love we know God.

God is surely tired of our cymbals and our pomp and ceremony, our loud "worship", our activities.

The scoreboard in heaven does not ring and light up, the angels don't rejoice, the heavenly choirs stay silent for all our religious finery.  But the all the "great cloud of witnesses" celebrate joyously when the least act of love is committed upon the earth.

Your brother,
A. Brother

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