This morning I was reading Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon, and I learned about this verse:
“Oh Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.”
-Hosea 14:8 (ESV)
There are other verses like it:
“We love because he first loved us…And this is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother”
-1 John 4:19, 21 (ESV)
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.”
-Romans 11:36-12:1 (ESV)
God is the source of anything good that comes from His disciples. If we love people, this love ultimately comes from God. If we sacrifice our time and money to serve Him, the strength to do this ultimately comes from God. Even our life, our situation, and our resources come from God (“He upholds the universe by the word of his power” -Hebrews 1:3)
If we as Christians want to do anything great that displays Jesus’ love, mercy, and power, we can only do it by experiencing His love and power. And we can only do that by spending time with Him in prayer and Bible study. Our personal life isn’t disconnected from the things we do and the relationships we have with other people. The strength we receive from the Spirit when we meet Him in our quiet times is the strength we need to serve Him by loving people.