Mike Maglish serves as the Director of Admissions at Boise Bible College. He has B.A. in Youth Ministry from Lincoln Christian University. Mike has 17 years of youth ministry in Illinois, Indiana, and Idaho. His wife, Dawn, runs Inside Out Salon, a nonprofit hair salon in Eagle, Idaho that exists to raise money and awareness for human trafficking. He is the proud father of two children, Sam and Abbie.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
There’s a tiny little booklet called, Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E Hummel. What I appreciate about this easy read is how Hummel differentiates between “important” and “urgent”. The concept is simple. Important things are the things we need to stay focused on, however urgent things tend to drive our schedule. They’re “worthy things to do”, but they’re just not as important. There’s a difference.
One of the greatest biblical examples of this in scripture can be found in the book of Nehemiah. It was important for Nehemiah to unite God’s people in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. Many times throughout the book of Nehemiah we find this important task being challenged by the urgent pressures placed on Nehemiah. Yet, in the end the wall was rebuilt, and the people of God were united around the purpose. What a great example of important vs. urgent!
I Cor. 13:1-3 clearly defines for every believer what our important task is: love. Each one of us is commissioned to build this wall of love. Make no mistake, like Nehemiah, there are many urgent things that will try to knock us off that wall.
Consider this passage a humbling reminder as to what it looks like when we do allow the urgent to drive our schedule. What is the result of the one who is busy working for the Kingdom, yet neglecting the first priority of the church?
Look at this text again. Focus on the words immediately following “have not love.”
If I get knocked off the wall of love…
I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.
I am nothing.
I gain nothing.
May love remain our first priority, as we “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)