What Matters Most
One of life's greatest lessons is found in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. The point Paul makes in this passage is this: If we lack love, nothing we think or do matters anymore! Follow this logic carefully. First, verse 1: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." If I don't live a life of love, nothing I say will matter. Second, "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge”…(v.2a). If I don't live a life of love, nothing I know will matter. Third, "and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing” (v.2b). If I don't live a life of love, nothing I believe will matter. Fourth, "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor”…(v.3a). If I don't live a life of love, nothing I give will matter. Fifth, "and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." If I don't live a life of love, nothing I accomplish—even by great sacrifice, will matter.
As you see, nothing matters without love! If you lose your love, then your life's meaning and purpose is reduced to nothing! Your life is spiritually marginalized in God's eyes in direct proportion to your lovelessness. With this much at stake, we have all the motivation we need to follow Jude's injunction in verse 21, "Keep yourselves in the love of God..." Better do it or your life won't matter!