more of You in my life...”
— Michael W. Smith, More Love, More Power
For all the mess that we are involved in, in life, there is the awesome truth that power and blessing reside in the source of love.
Why would we not want to be blessed? Why would we not want to do everything possible to vouchsafe the processes of blessing and such a beautiful outcome as blessedness?
The resonating splendour of love is the propagator of power and blessing — to the extension of all good things of God — gifts of his goodness and grace.
The more we give away the more we get back.
The more delighted we are to endure hardship, because we have God, the more of this invisible and potent strength we claim, and without even trying; it just comes.
The character of this power is overflowing, burgeoning with everyday fruitfulness to all corners of our lives. The character of this blessing is reliability and faithfulness to the nth degree.
Surely it would only be a fool who would negate love’s power and blessing in their lives. But, hang on a minute, we would be those fools because of our preference to engage so much in the antithesis of love; to engage in our sin. The more we devote ourselves to God, the more love we are capable of, and the more power and blessing enrols itself to us.
We need power in this life to make anything of it, but it isn’t the power that the world recognises that we need. We need God’s power in order to struggle well the entire journey. And the only thing that wins us to this power is love; as we love each other, and in that, as we love God.
We cannot afford to live without love, to live as though we don’t care, or to live without passion. Even though such a life is a difficult life, it is an easier life (with fewer regrets) than the life that insists on its own way — and, in the process, rejects love.
Love is the be-all and end-all of life. The more we give to love, the more power and blessing we redeem. But power and blessing are not of the world; they transcend the world’s form of power and blessing, which is fleeting and full of falsity.
If we want the abundant life, we throw ourselves into a life of love, whatever it takes.
© 2014 S. J. Wickham.