Highland Park Baptist Church

Loving Forward

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Pat - (Comments Off on Loving Forward)

Heavenly Father,

Please use these words to edify. I pray that we, myself included, would be encouraged and motivated by Your Spirit to respond in a manner that glorifies You and points to Your Son.

In Christ’s matchless name,


A few months back my wife and I purchased a couple of solar powered mason jar lanterns. The romance of having some cool looking lamps that shaved even a few small dollars off our utility bill was just too grand to ignore. When they arrived in the mail we immediately put them to use.

Of course for anything solar powered to work the way it’s meant to, it must be exposed to the sun…regularly. Oddly enough it became increasingly hard to keep them regularly charged. After a while I just wasn’t exposing them to the sun. The fact is I simply had a lack of intention. I would either forget or I would tell myself I would get to it later.

I feel sometimes we tend to do the same thing when it comes to loving people.

If we truly believe that through Jesus we are to be lights in this world, we need to acknowledge that we’re strategically placed beacons in a land of darkness. However I think we tend to limit this role to that of a stationary beacon, like a lighthouse, waiting for the lost or hurting to come into proximity. The risk here is a lack of awareness that can lead to a forgotten purpose. Without intention we begin to forget how to even recognize the need. We become dim and dull. But imagine if we unhinged ourselves from our “stations” and moved forward. What if we ditched the notion of being lighthouses and started thinking of ourselves as a search party? Christ’s love would overflow in a way that can only change lives.

Scripture defines love for us in 1 Corinthians 13 and gives us ways in which to love in Colossians 3:12-17. It even tells us why we should love in 1 John 4:7-21. As if that weren’t enough we’re told in Galatians 5:22 that one of the fruits of the Spirit is love. Needless to say we are more than equipped to love the people around us. So let’s just do it. Let’s share the gospel (the MOST loving thing we can do), and disciple younger believers. Let’s share the resources we’ve been given and serve the hurting and broken hearted. Let’s be rich in mercy and full of grace. Let’s be on the lookout for ways to point people to Jesus.

I know that we’re all at different stages, but regardless of who is currently loving more or less, lets all push forward; allowing the Spirit to compel us into action.

1 John 3:18 “…let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth”

1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us”

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love”


Pat Nagle

Graphic Arts Director