January 25, 2018

Fixing Your Aim: Part 1

“Let love be your greatest aim….” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (TLB)

What is your greatest aim in life?  Is it money?  Then, all you think about is how to make more of it.  Is it growing your business?  Then, every decision you make is directed at what will be good for business.  Is it pleasure?  Then, your aim in life will be having fun.  The only problem is that these pursuits leave us unfulfilled, empty and unproductive.  That’s because we need more than success or power or pleasure in life.  God wired us for significance!  Because He is love, and He created us to love us, the one thing that is necessary is love!  The Bible puts it in the simplest terms: 

“Let love be your greatest aim!”  1 Corinthians 14:1 (TLB) 

We all need love and we need to love!  It’s what makes life significant and fulfilling.  But, with all that’s competing with love in our culture, how can we make love our one thing focus?  Dr. Luke records a story in His gospel that gives us four insights into how we can fix our focus and make love our greatest aim.  It’s the story of Jesus in the home of some of His closest friends, Mary, Martha and their brother, Lazarus in Luke 10:38-42

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’” 

While Martha was distracted with all her preparations, her sister, Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet.  What a picture of misplaced priorities.  Martha had imposed upon herself a responsibility Jesus never asked of her.  Have you ever done that?  Have you lost your joy in your relationship with God simply out of a sincere effort to please Him?  Countless Christians have substituted activity for intimacy to their own peril. They substituted a loving relationship with the living God for a dead religion that demands more from them than they can possibly fulfill.  Frustrated and empty, they gradually give up feeling like, somehow, they’ve been exploited. They have!  As good as Martha’s intentions were, Jesus never asked her to do anything.  She was missing what Mary understood to be her greatest aim – love!  If that describes you, how can you make love your one thing focus? 

First, let Christ love you!  Mary got that.  Verse 39 says Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to His word.  She didn’t want to waste any time preoccupied with good things when she could experience the very best personal time with Jesus!  This tells me that, before I serve, I need to sit with God and seek Him with all my heart.  I need to let God love me.  I need to open my heart to Him and soak in His presence. Jeremiah, an Old Testament Prophet, put it like this,

“Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing:  The LORD’S unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The LORD is all I have, and so in Him I put my hope.”  Lamentations 3:21-24 (GNT)

The first step to fixing your focus so that love is your greatest aim is to let Christ love you.  Take a moment now before you move to the next project and pray,

“Daddy, God, please just hold me. I want to experience Your love today.  Thank You for loving me no matter what!  Help me to grow in Your love today.”