The Greatest of These is Love


It’s an old Mike Bickle quote that I’ve held onto for years:

“Lovers outwork workers.”

And what Mike means is that love motivates the heart. Love motivates better than money. Better than ego. Better than just about anything.  People who fall in love, be it with people or causes or anything else, will think about the object they love more, do more, and tell more people about it simply because of their love.

People in love with Jesus don’t have to be motivated to spend time in prayer. People who love their church family don’t have to be begged to come to a meeting. People who love the gospel don’t have to be guilted into sharing it. They do it all out of love.

Maybe it’s time, instead of teaching people how to behave, we invite them into love.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
    as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
    jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
    the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love,
    neither can floods drown it.

-Song of Solomon 8:6-7

Photo Credit: Heart by seyed mostafa zamani



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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

One response to “The Greatest of These is Love”

  1. godly sexuality says :

    Reminds me of the quote:

    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

    It’s about desire and ultimately the desire of the nations is Christ.

    PS What’s the 5326 for?

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