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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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The Saints Before the Lamb of God in Heaven by Greg Gordon

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Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” - Revelation 5:11-12

What a sight and spectacle! Myriads of those who fought the good fight, finished the race, following the Lamb of God. Now they are before Him! Gazing, bowing, prostrate, adoring, worshipping, weeping, that One who died for them. They are the sure ones (the martyrs), the one's that lived godly lives, who are examples for us in this life. Imagine them now before God's throne worshipping and exalting the Holy Son of God. 

We are prone in our Christian daily life to be fixated on ourselves. Our goals, problems, and just the daily grind of life that we are in. How healthy it is to think of the bigger picture, to reach we are not in an individualism Christianity that focuses only on my needs but rather we are in a corporate Christianity that is in community with each other. Christ calls us one body, and we are not just any body but the very body of Christ unified also with Him. Let your mind this day think upon heaven, consider all the saints who finished well who are in the presence of the Lamb of God even now. 

Imagine in heaven now Polycarp, Paul the Apostle, St. Benedict, John Wesley, Augustine, A.W. Tozer and a host of others all bowing before the Lord of glory. We must realize that in our daily life we are not separate from them but still one body in Christ. Consider to say this prayer out-loud:

O HEAVENLY Father, who has knit together Your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of Your Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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