“The love-apples give forth fragrance. And at our doors are all manner of precious fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for you, O my Beloved.” vs13
The Lord Jesus gets our fruit. It is not for others but for His sake that we love. We have not made man into an idol, but we serve you because we serve the Savior (2 Cor 4:5).
Do not think that people are more important than God, or you won’t tell the truth. You’ll compromise and let too much slide, if you don’t see God greater than man. It is not enough to be a civil rights leading humanist! We must be gospel minded because we serve God. Paul said of Timothy, “But, you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel like a son with a father (Phil 2:22).” We are saying thanks to Him by how we live.
Many put man in the wrong place, so they cower to human applause. They cater to the flesh, instead of the Spirit, pleasing man instead of the Savior, but they have it wrong! The first command is to love God, and by this, we love our neighbor (Matt 22:38). We celebrate Heaven’s love in all our actions. Therefore, we want people to praise God! He says, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matt 5:16).” We’re not doing works so we can be seen, but so that He can be exalted, even if our names are forgotten. The Ethiopian Eunuch was served by the gospel, then Philip disappeared. We don’t read of him running after the chariot like Gehazi, so he could take something, but having served, he went on about his business, God his lone support (Acts 8:39).
Since we are serving God, we rely on Him to supply us. We do not go to unbelievers but the church. John writes, “Since they set out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from pagans (3 John 7).” If your wife loves you but not the gospel, then you can’t share the deepest experiences, though she treats you well. If the church has nice people, but no sovereign grace, then it’s an assembly that dishonors the Spirit (2 John 1:10). We are all about Christ and Him crucified as we serve; we are NOT about people first, but second, and serving God is the only way to serve others truly. Look to Christ, live for Christ, and by Him, love your neighbor.