All That Matters

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Did you see that Jordan Romero recently climbed Mt.Everest? At the age of 13, he became the youngest to ever successfully make the hike. Jordan made the hike with, "his father, his father’s girlfriend and three Sherpa guides.“ (5/22/10 Denver post.) What do you suppose that group of six will do together next? My hunch is the six of them will never do anything together again. The odds that they would ever do anything together were remote, but their common love of getting to the top of Mt. Everest brought them together with a common purpose and mission.

I have preached on 1 Corinthians 13 more than any other text in all of scripture. Nearly every wedding requests that I use 1 Cor 13 . There is nothing wrong with using it. However, Jesus was reaching out beyond marriage to all of human community to unite us in “love” for a common purpose and mission.”….faith,hope and love...and the greatest of these is love.“ (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Jesus makes love the most critical thing any of us can do. If we come together in “love,” African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites can join together in common mission. With “love” the rich and the poor can unite, Republicans and Democrats can focus on common purpose, the young and the old can accomplish shared mission. If we keep the “love” of Jesus first, other differences can be made to sound like a mighty orchestra. If we seek to first harm the other when they do not conform to our ways, we are left standing alone in vulnerable solitude.

My prayer is that you pray for the junior high students who will be affirming their faith this weekend. It matters not if you can run an iPod as well as they or if you can speak “text message.” It matters that you share the “love” of Jesus with them. For if we have “love,” we have all that matters.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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