On a hot day I prefer to use the newer trams that have air conditioning and a little more space to move, so when the next one pulled up I was relieved to step inside and settled in for a smooth ride home.
But after a few minutes the tram stopped in its tracks. After pushing and pulling at his control panel, the driver told us the tram was out of service and that we should find another way home.
As I stepped off the tram I realised that no matter how nice the tram was, it ultimately lacked the one thing that really counted: the ability to get me home!
There are many benefits in stepping into a life of faith. Our faith in Jesus gives us peace through the storms of life, the strength to endure hardship and access to the supernatural power of God.
But despite all these benefits, there is only one thing that truly counts:
‘The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love’ – Galatians 5:6b (NIV)
The most important end result of a tram ride is not my comfort, but it’s ability to get me home. In the same way, regardless of some of the other benefits of faith, the most important expression of faith is love.
God reminds us that no matter how great our faith is, it counts for nothing if it’s expression does not result in love:
‘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 do not have love, I am nothing’ – 1 Corinthians 13:2
The great news is that although we don’t all have the same ability or talent, every one of us have been given the capacity to love.
As I began my long walk home my legs agreed that even if the most dilapidated tram pulled up beside us we wouldn’t hesitate to jump on board because it could do what counted the most.
In a similar way, no matter how outdated, inferior or underwhelmed we might feel about our ability, we can all do what truly counts and love those around us.
If you have love, even if you have nothing you have everything; and without it, everything you have is worth nothing.
‘These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love’ (13:13)
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