If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Cor. 13:2
In Matthew 17:19 the disciples came to Jesus wanting to know why they couldn’t cast a demonic spirit from a child. Jesus responded, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
This passage has puzzled many people because they’ve never seen anyone move a mountain. But Jesus wasn’t speaking literally. The expression “able to move mountains” was a common figure of speech in that day, meaning -to overcome great obstacles. Jesus was speaking of people with great faith who keep on praying despite how impossible the situation appears to be, prayer warriors who never lose hope.
But, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:2, even if you have great faith, if you don’t have love, you are nothing. That’s a challenging reality check, but it places the emphasis in the right place: on our motives. The Christians in Corinth took great pride in their gifts. They said things like, I believe, trust, speak, preach, and understand better than you do! Paul had to remind them that faith without love is nothing at all.
Whatever drives you in your Christian life? Remember, without love it doesn’t matter what gifts you have, how eloquent your speech is, what you know, or what you believe. Only love can authenticate your service to Christ.
Gracious God, help me to believe in your endless goodness and your constant care. Let love be the motive for all I do. Amen.
M Campbell 2021