The currency of love

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Thoughts on God

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

What is it to love something? In cases where true love indeed exists, toward our children for example, we know because it is expressed as much in action as it is in feeling. Parents serve their children and are completely devoted to them, in loving relationship. We value love by how it is displayed for us, much in the same way we show our appreciation for exceptional service by giving a nice tip. Culturally, we show the value we have in products and services by our wallets, and the giving of our currency. We can appreciate, then, that the “currency” of love then is service; what and who we serve are the what and who we truly love.

Our Father showed us his love in the giving of his only Son (John 3:16), and Jesus loved us even to his own death. But for many of us, rather than following God’s example of sacrifice and expressing our love through service to others, we spend our lives in service of currency. As we drive through downtown, or walk through the hallway at work or school, we are reminders of what we lack. Things like status and various forms of luxury, things money garners. What are you serving at work everyday? Are you working hard to serve and love your family, or are you working to serve and love your things that money buys you?

Serve the God of life instead of paper made by man.

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