Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s devotion was written by our own, Kelsi Walker. We’re meditating on our worship value of INTEGRITY this month, so let’s jump right into this short-but-transformational word from one of Paul’s letters.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT
Do everything with love….
This is what Paul was asking his fellow believers. When they went out into their circles of friends, into the market place, into town meetings, wherever their lives led them… to do everything with love. As scripture tells us, that is exactly what they did. As history tells us, it changed everything.
2,000 years later we can see that this is what the world needs more of and that this command still rings true. As we cling to scripture for direction, I pray that we, as a worship team and church, look to this verse. That our actions and decisions come from a foundation of love. That the love of Christ changes us, gets inside of us, and flows out of us.
For us, just as it was with the early church, everything starts with Jesus. We cannot know how to love if we do not know how loved we are. We cannot know what love is if we don’t experience it through knowing God. God is the source of love. God is love. Followers of Jesus do everything with love, so we do everything with God. We stand firm in the faith that God is with us and that He loves us enough to never leave us or give up on us. This belief changes us and the way we do things. As followers of Christ, as worship team members, as friends, as brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, we are urged to take that love that has changed us into the world. We are commissioned to go to those without. Wherever we go, what ever we do, we do everything with love.
Try to imagine the early church and the ways that they went out into the community. Imagine what doing everything with love looked like. In what ways do you think that effort is the same for us as the church today? What does it look like for you, right now?
Think of the rest of your week, how can you intentionally do everything with love?
How does this scripture fit into your life and into your role as worship team member?
Lord, help us to know your love more and more every day. We want to follow you and your example as you teach us how to do everything in love. We love you Jesus, help us to cling to you and your word this week as we dive into friendship, relationships with family, work, and leading in music. Lord, let us seek you first and let Your love change everything. Amen.