“Let love be your greatest aim….” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (TLB)
If you want to broaden your life, you must narrow your focus. The story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42 offers four insights to fix our focus so we can make love our greatest aim in life.
First, let Christ love you! Mary understood that. She sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to His word. Her desire was to spend time with Him and just be in His presence. She didn’t have to do anything to deserve His love. She just let Christ love her unconditionally. Do you let Christ love you are do you get preoccupied trying to do something to earn His favor?
Second, let Christ lead you. Love is a choice. We can choose to let Christ lead us, or we can choose to go our own way. Love is not a feeling, it is an action that produces powerful feelings. If we act in love whether we feel like it or not, the feelings will follow. Jesus said,
“If you love Me, obey My commandments.” John 14:15 (NLT)
Here are three ways to let Christ lead you:
- Spend time with Him. Choose the best time of your day and be consistent.
- Give Him the first and best – the first day of the week in worship at church, the first part of your day in private worship, the first part of your income and make Him the first consideration in every decision.
- Risk loving others. Jesus told His disciples, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (NIV)
Third, let go of distractions. In the story of Jesus visit with Mary and Martha, the Bible says that while Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to His word, Martha was “distracted with all her preparations….” in Luke 10:40a (NASB) Have you ever felt that way? You sincerely wanted to please God and were busy doing everything you thought was expected of you. The only problem was that you imposed those expectations on yourself. In the process of doing some good things, you missed out on the best thing, the one thing that mattered most. You became distracted by all the preparations and your activity for God began to rob you of intimacy with God. If I am to focus on the one thing, I must let go of distractions so that love will be my greatest aim. Here are some of the distractions I’ve had to let go of:
- Let go of worrying about things I can’t control.
- Let go of trying to please everyone.
- Let go of complaining and grumbling.
- Let go of trying to do everything perfectly.
- Let go of talking more than listening.
- Let go of putting off a decision that needs to be made.
- Let go of avoiding that person I need to have a conversation with.
What do you need to let go of in your life so that love becomes your greatest aim?
Finally, let Christ love through you. This is the only way we can make love our greatest aim and hit the target. We all have people in our lives that are like heavenly sandpaper. You get it. There are some people that are challenging to love. In fact, to be honest, there are times I don’t feel like loving. I feel selfish and powerless. Those are times God reminds me that only He can love through me and that He has given me the power to love. The Bible offers us this promise in 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
As a Christ follower, He has give us all the power we need to make love our greatest aim! Begin by letting Christ love you. Let Christ lead you. Let go of distractions and let Christ love through you! It’s not Christ and you. It’s Christ in you that makes the difference!