Every year Valentine’s Day comes and goes, but every day we are called to be lovers. In His divine wisdom, God mapped out our lives with the primary purpose of making us conduits for His lavish love.
But what does love look like? Love has to be manifested and expressed in order for us to walk out our identity as lovers.
The famous five languages of love are: (1) touch, (2) words of encouragement, (3) time, (4) gifts, (5) service.
Today I want to highlight the fifth love language and explore how we are called to serve one another through love (Gal. 5:13).
Learning how to love
In John 13:34, Jesus tells His disciples,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Here Jesus is inviting them to love the way He loved, and earlier in John 13 we see a vivid expression of this love-in-action, as Jesus decided to serve His disciples by washing their feet.
The incredible thing about this act of service was that washing someone’s feet was actually the job of a slave. In their culture, feet were absolutely dirty, stepping on animal and human excrement throughout daily life.
So, what was Jesus doing here? He was setting an example for those who are called to be kings. Because if you want to be great, you have to be a servant of others (Matt. 20:26-27).
the key to reaching others
Serving others through love is actually the key to reaching the lost with the gospel. Jesus said that everybody will be able to tell that we are His followers simply by the way that we love one another (John 13:35).
Winkie Pratney put it this way:
One of the most powerful ways to get a soul saved is to bring an unbeliever into a community of loving believers or bring the loving community out to the world and let the unbeliever see the love we have for one another.”
And that is exactly how the early Church grew!
STAYING IN THE OVERflow
We can only give away what we receive. That is why we need to constantly receive His love through the Holy Spirit.
We love Him because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
The key is to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit—filled with His love—and to practice the presence of God.
I pray you receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit today!
Here are some resources that will help you go deeper into the call to be one of God’s laid-down lovers:
- Heidi Baker’s book Compelled by Love
- Our HRock Church teaching series Reaching the Harvest
- The book Catching God’s Heart