Not Me But Christ

Posted: 29th January 2011 by Marshall Mabry in Praise and Worship
A seed is only as good as the bounty of its harvest. For anyone to know the true quality, nature, integrity of a man it will be evident in the legacy he leaves behind.  It is my heart’s desire that “the love of Christ” be my legacy.  Not me but Christ!

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
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 have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – (1 Corinthians 13, NIV)

Our lives serve only one purpose: “To glorify God through Jesus Christ!”  Everything else is just vapor. A mist seen for a brief moment — then vanish. But – everything done through the love of Christ will remain.  A little of His love can go a long way, but even better, a lot of His love can cause multitudes to stumble into eternal life.  Let us serve our Lord by loving one another as He commanded. He was only with us for 33 years. His earthly ministry only lasted 3 years.  Yet for two thousand years, the love He poured out from His sacrifice on the Cross has brought countless sons and daughters to glory.  No name is more famous! No name is more glorious!  No love more enduring! There is no greater love than His!

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