What’s That Awful Noise?

It was a warm, sunny fall afternoon so I decided to go outside and just sit in the sun.  A slight breeze caused the golden hued leaves to gently rustle to the ground.  Birds chirped as always… asking for food again I suppose since the squirrels ate everything I’d put out for my feathered friends.  Then I heard the strangest  noise.  It was awful!   Loud screeches, bangs and an indistinct whistling sound.  When I say it sounded horrible, I mean it!  “Like finger nails on a chalk board resounding through a megaphone.”  Listening more intently I realized that the local high school marching band was practicing for the weekend Homecoming activities.  With the wind, the band’s practice location and my dull hearing their music was just clamor to my ears.

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Recently I have been studying  1 Corinthians.  Paul began the church in Corinth and about a year later he left it to Apollos to pastor. Paul received a letter that the Corinthian church had some major issues with divisions, folks suing one another, carnal living, incest and more.  In response he wrote in the first 11 chapters about dealing with behavioral problems that caused division in the church.  He chastened, taught and sincerely desired for the Corinthian church to return to it’s “first love” place:  the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In chapter 12 Paul wrote:  “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:  You know that  you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.  Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.  There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…” 

After explaining the gifts, ministries and diversity of activities his final verse of the chapter says (31) But earnestly desire the best  gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

What is that MORE EXCELLENT WAY??

Go on to chapter 13 and read what he told them very bluntly with harsh words in verses 1-3:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,  but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

Most of us know the rest of chapter 13 is referred to as the “Love chapter”.  What I was taught by the Holy Spirit from these 2 chapters is plain and simple.  Isn’t that usually the way it is with our Loving Father?  WE, as human beings make it so difficult. 

It’s all about who He is.  HE IS LOVE!! 

We can preach, teach, share everything we learn from the Word; give everything we have (including our physical selves); help others; have enough faith to literally move a mountain; and have all the knowledge of God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ; know every word of the Bible…BUT

If we don’t have love— the love that only the Holy Spirit brings when we release our hearts to His purpose— and show that love to EVERYONE(!!!!)  we are nothing more than “noisy unprofitable nothings” for our Lord’s use.  This truly challenged me!  My prayer is that you too are up for the challenge.

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Streim

There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

2 thoughts on “What’s That Awful Noise?”

  1. Thank you for the love you always show here Stephanie – a proof of His work in you.
    Your ‘plain and simple’ explanation is indeed plain and simple and leaves us with no excuse whatever for not allowing God to work in us, revealing HIS love to others through us.

    What an amazing God!

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    1. I thank my Father for giving me the words when His timing is right. Thank you for ever listening to His call as well.
      We do serve a beautifully gracious loving God…

      Looking up
      Stephanie

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