Well there you have it. The final answer is—everything. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of an old rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
II Corinthians 13:1 -7 – The Message
Could Paul make it any clearer? Without love—nothing else matters.
Jesus condensed what’s expected of us down to two basic commands:
Love God and love people.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on to these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
It’s impossible to love like this without His deep cleaning and you dying daily to your ways over His. You decide whether or not to put your heart on the altar before Him – every day. If you will, He promises to complete a holy search, clean, and redirect for His good purpose. If you don’t start with a daily surrender, it’s impossible to return to Him pure love-drenched obedience.
You might try to fake it online and even though you appear righteous, your obedience will be corrupted by bad motives. You’ll miss the extraordinary chance to love purely. It doesn’t take long before small fractures become large cracks. His reflection begins to blur, you start to look like everyone else, and the Jesus difference in you is lost.
Whatever you write and publish online – has the power to reach millions.
There’s an old Quaker Proverb that says,
“Of your unspoken words, you are the master; of your spoken words, the servant; of your written words, the slave.”
If you want everything you text, post, or publish today to proclaim you’re a slave to the love of Jesus Christ, then place your heart on the altar and invite Him to go to work. He completes what He starts – count on it.
How do you know it’s His love when you see it online?