– Rick Warren
Love isn’t just sending cards and flowers or saying, “I love you,” but love is what you do for others. Love is a lot more than feelings because love is as a verb; it’s what you do. Love in action is better than love in words. This might mean doing a favor for someone, helping out a friend who needs a ride, or giving some money to a person who’s broke until payday. I don’t know what that might be in your world, but look at how Jesus displayed love. It was much more than words…He died to show His love for us (John 3:16).
We have three things to offer others for Christ; our talent, our treasure, and our time, and time may be the most valuable commodity of all, because it takes time away from things we might like to do, and it gives it to those who are less fortunate than we are. Our money can’t buy another second, but our seconds can be priceless. Why not give of yourself? You may not have much money, but you have time, so why not spend it on serving others? That’s an investment that will not be lost, because Jesus said, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).
Doing it Now
Tomorrow is everyone’s favorite day. You can do nearly anything…tomorrow, because when tomorrow gets here, “tomorrow” is always the next day, but we might not get a second chance to tell someone you love them. We can’t know if we’ll even see someone again. Making good use of the time is what the Apostle Paul called, redeeming the time and making the most of every opportunity (Eph 5:16). You may not get another chance, so love now, as much as you can, and as often as you can, so do it now.
The only three things we have that we can give away are our time, talent, and treasure. Will we be like the faithful steward who doubled his talents? Let us not bury it like the unfaithful steward. We can bury our expressions of love in the forgetfulness of time. We won’t get another shot at this life. We must make the very best of it, while we can, and for whom we can.