The Foundation is LOVE

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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.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2

WOW.  Did you sit back and read that?

Paul is saying that LOVE is the only foundation for everything else.  You could have everything else in this life but if you don’t found your life on love… well… you might as well not exist.

Think about that statement, “I am nothing.”  You could say I am nobody or I am unknown.

Do I want to be unknown?  On earth, to other people?  Sometimes. (If I am honest)  But generally of course I want to be known.

Do I want to be unknown to God Himself? Never.

I know that on judgment day people will hear what is recorded in Matthew 7:21-23

“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!’

To be welcomed into the arms of our Heavenly Father, to be known by Him, we MUST understand that love MUST be our foundation for life itself.  Love NEEDS to be our foundation for prophecy.  Love needs to be our foundation for understanding all mystery.  Love needs to be our foundation for knowledge.  Love needs to be our foundation for faith.  Then we will be recognized for our LOVE, here on earth and in eternity.

Are you unknown?

OR

Are you known for your love?

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

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Woven

How do you explain how much God has for us?

He has woven you into His Kingdom, His righteousness, His glory.  We are woven to be one with Him.  Does that freak you out?  Do you wonder if that is really true?  Are we meant to be woven, to be one with Him?

 

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:10-16

 

He is in us.  The same Son of God the Father who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross and 3 days later raised up from the grave.  He is in us through the gift of His Spirit we are empowered to be a part of the kingdom.  We are invited to be a thread woven into the Kingdom of God.  We are heirs to His throne.  He invites us to be with Him, to see His glory, the glory that God the Father has given Him.  When we surrender our lives to the LORD, He works us into the fabric of who He is.  He draws us to Himself.  Making us ONE in unity and in truth.  He welcomes us into His purpose and His plans.  Our life, no longer our own, but His.

And where is it we find ourselves?

At home.  Woven into life itself. True life. His life.  Given freely.  For us.

When you find yourself woven into the fabric of His Kingdom, when you define yourself as a son or daughter of the King of Kings, when you define yourself as a son or daughter of the Kingdom of Heaven… you find peace, comfort, unfailing love, rest, redemption, purpose, strength, will, determination, and life.

It is when we find ourselves woven into the history and life of Christ that we truly live.