There is a singing show on television that I have become quite interested in as of late. Without choosing teams or offering perspectives on the actual show, something sticks with me more than anything.
Regardless of the talent, the passion, or the coach, there is one thing that shines through–and earns praise–when the singer does it. They must connect to the song.
Over and over the coaches comment on whether they could feel or see a connection to the song. Without that connection, the singer is just a shell, singing notes at high volume, and wearing flashy clothes.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” –1 Corinthians 13:1
Our connection in this world is love. We are to set aside treasures of this world–and we are called to love.
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” –Matthew 22:37-38
On these two things hang all the Law and the Prophets. All of it. Love. If you cannot connect in this world through love, you cannot connect in this world. But it is not the love the world offers–Please, dear one of God. He pleads for you to let HIm show you true and lasting love. Holy and pure, without blemish. First though Him.
First through Him.
For if you do not have Him first, nothing else will ring true.
First learn to love your God.
Focus on that.
Then, Jesus promises, the rest will come:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these thing shall be added to you.” –Matthew 6:33
Added to the love of God. Everything else is an add-on. If you do not have God first, nothing else will make sense. You don’t go to a taco stand to get a pile of lettuce. You go to a taco stand to get a taco! Without the taco, you just have a pile.
Without first seeking God and loving Him, you will just have a jumbled mess of emotions waiting at the foot of your bed, ready to cling on and drag you down when you wake every morning.
God first. Then He will add all the other things (get that? We don’t add, He does.)
Focus on the first. He will take care of the second.
Connect in this world with love for Him, and He will give you love for others. Live, ringing truly to the love inside–but first, go get the love inside. Seek first His kingdom.
Photo by Keith Syvinski