Often times, we, as believers in Christ, are so busy conceptualizing and conversing about love, we overlook opportunities to actually practice a loving ministry. Love is denied when we avert or see a need, and callously avoid being bothered because we are fitfully engaged in our own interests.
Painfully, I was reminded that love is not simply a concept or conversation as I was doing my morning meditation in the word of God; looking for a passage that would confirm me in my own ministry. An inadvertent touch on my Bible app screen brought me to Isaiah 58.
While reading verse 7, ” Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thy face from thine own flesh”? Clearly the conviction was directed at me; for just a day prior, I had seen a man in need of care in a local business, and like everyone else, even with a bit of aversion, I had passed him by.
Isaiah 58 has given me a new resolve that my love for others has to be more than a concept or conversation. Love, for me and for my ministry, must become more than the care I share with those whom I know, or who are under my personal obligation. I mean, conceptually, I already realized this; but for love, the true love God to be genuine, it must be put into practice. God’s love is more than conversation; it is doing the work of caring for the lost.
L. Jerome Jones