Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Key Verse: “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2, NKJV
As I began my studies at Andrews Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, I longed to be so connected with God that I could see His power unleashed in every aspect of my life, just as it was for early Christians in the book of Acts. So, as I’ve shared before, I began to take more and more time to pray and seek God earnestly each day.
I wanted to be “thick with the Almighty,” as it says in Gospel Workers (p. 255), so that I could have spiritual power. I wanted to be able to preach with Holy Spirit power and see thousands converted in a day. I wanted to be able to pray in faith and see incredible miracles of healing, as well as victories for the church. And so I kept clinging to the promise: “Power will come from God in answer to the prayer of faith” (Gospel Workers, p. 255).
God answered my prayer for power. But I didn’t recognize it at first. As I spent long hours with Jesus each morning, I began to recognize the hardness of my own heart. I realized that I had an anger problem that was hurting a lot of those closest to me. I realized that I had a lot of pride, a lot of rough edges that needed softening.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2, NKJV).
Wow. That verse is so familiar that it’s easy to miss the significance. Even if I were able to do all these miracles in God’s power but still lacked love, it would be absolutely valueless!
You see, “Love is power” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 135). In another place Sister White writes, “God considers more with how much love we work, than the amount we do” (The Youth’s Instructor, Jan. 13, 1898, par. 9). What an eye-opening revelation.
So the most crucial thing to ensure that my life has eternal value and meaning is for God to write His law of love on my heart through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Of course, I still believe God will fulfill the book of Acts before He returns and that a power such as we’ve never seen before will be exhibited in the lives of believers. But I’m thankful that He has first begun to work this most incredible miracle in my own heart. The miracle of true love!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Father in heaven, we long to do mighty things for You. We long to do mighty things as a church; however, forgive us for forgetting that the mightiest thing we can do is to truly love others as You love us. Please break our hard hearts and fill us with Christ-like love. We cannot do this on our own. Please come, Holy Spirit, and write Your law of love on our hearts today, that the world may see Jesus in us. Give us a heart of humility that “what might have been” in days gone by, will finally be a reality for us today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Zac Page
(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)