Four weeks ago, Jackson Wilder Hickman made his way into the world.
When my wife and I married a little over 10 years ago, we never expected that our love for one another would produce three wonderful little boys–Ryan (6), Cole (4), and now Jack.
All three boys are entirely different and unique in their own way. They were not even a “twinkle in my eye,” as the old saying goes, when I first told their mom that I loved her 13 years ago on the steps of the guys dorm at Montreat College.
All three are just a natural by-product of love.
Love, as I’m coming to understand, is a creative force. When you simply love, it naturally creates new and better life.
As Christians, many times we feel we have to love with some sort of religious agenda. The “invest and invite” model of church growth has placed an agenda to our love as well. We no longer love simply to love, but love to drop one-liner hints that we are Christian (i.e. “God Bless You”) or that we go to a particular church.
It’s as if we feel like we need to help love along and add something to it or our love would be fluffy or wasted.
However, when you love (simply to love) something comes alive in the person in which you love. Barriers are broken down. Hope is given. Dignity is bestowed. Life is created.
Because we question “agenda-less” love, we end up, many times, constricting what God wants to do through our loving. God may have a massive and unique outcome for those in which we love that we could never fathom if we would only trust Him with the end result. I would venture to say that we settle for much, much less when we love someone or help someone only to have the opportunity to say, “Be Blessed” or “Where do you go to church?” when God had something much more significant in mind.
Jesus said, “By this, all men will know you are my disciples–if you LOVE one another.”
A knowledge of God and an awareness that we are his followers is evident when we love one another to just love one another.
Do you trust agenda-less love?
Why or why not?