Learning how to overflow with Love
Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Just over a week ago I was being interviewed for an international CEO role and in my preparation for that interview God gave me a calling, a strong sense of what I was to do. And it was:
To provide leadership to the reformation of society, one person at a time.
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And when I reflect on the above passage, Paul’s prayer to the people of Philippi, I see some amazing direction in how I can fulfil my calling! At the very heart of my faith should be love, a love of God and towards others. There are number of versions of the word love used in the Bible and this one is agape, which means to be generous, to show concern and support for others. So it is how I relate to others, not just those I know but to all. And I know my agape love, my concern and generosity towards others does need to abound, to overflow! Right now it is contained rather than overflowing. And I won’t be able to fully complete my calling until I am overflowing, God is preparing me!
But Paul is clear that agape love isn’t about randomly walking down the street giving money out, following every whim that grabs me, but comes out of my careful study of the Word, from my learning as to what God’s will is. I learn God’s will through conversations with others, through direct inspiration as the Holy Spirit guides me, but mostly I learn God’s will through careful and disciplined study of the Holy Bible.
And the more I study, the more I learn, the better choices I can make in my life. I can be more able to discern what is best. That amongst the many choices I can make in life, through studying the Word the right choice is more obvious.
So I want to love others way more!! To be more generous and show greater concern for others, I want my love to be overflowing! But I can now see this needs to be informed by knowledge and depth of insight, from the Bible, from learning from others and direct inspiration. And wow this is amazing timing! In a few hours I am meeting with someone who is going to invite me to be a part-time pastor of a small church, a church that needs agape. Is it God’s will that I take this? My time in the Word recently has shown me that I need to reduce the number of things I focus on, so I can do a few things really well, and taking on a pastoral role is an extra thing at this point, so I will turn the offer down. And yet when I first heard about it I jumped at it, I got very excited! But now, armed with knowledge, with a better sense of God’s will through reading His Word, I know this isn’t for me right now.
And doing God’s will equates to being be pure and blameless, to massively reducing the frequency and influence of sin, which is something I yearn for! And I seek God’s will as I truly want to glorify and praise God! May He shine through my decisions and actions!!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The Portion for the today is: 2 Samuel 1-4
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