If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
God's bottom line is love. It's also His top line and His middle line. If life is a game, if we're like linebackers pushing through it, then 'Run in such a way that you may win' (1 Corinthians 9:24). How? In love, because God says, 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Imagine this: It's the Super Bowl. Only seconds remain for the last play of the game. It's fourth and goal; the best offensive line in the league is down by six and has the ball on the one yard line.
The ball snaps, but instead of confronting the defensive line with fury, they confront them with love. The world's best offense jumps forward with giant hugs and kisses.
Confused for a moment, no one notices a Quarterback sailing over their heads in an unprecedented move. His lift seems supernatural, and He lands in victory. He gets up with a smile and invites everyone to a celebration. Fans are thrilled, and the press replays the moment over and over. The losing coach walks away in a huff.
That Quarterback is Jesus, and we are His linemen. He's the Star, and we are His supporting cast. That Super Bowl is in progress, and the ending is known. What isn't known is how many opposing players and fans will accept His invitation to the post-game party.
The best way to get them interested in the 'Captain of their Salvation' (Hebrews 2:10) is by an unprecedented move of our own: love! It's a play the enemy can never enter. But we can. Because our Captain calls it.
'I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous Right Hand' (Isaiah 41:10).
Only by love can actors, models and talent for Christ leave the little leagues to enter the majors.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.