Tubas, gongs, cymbals and love (1 Corinthians 13:1)

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." - 1 Corinthians 13:1

As a High School tuba player, I tend to think, "What's wrong with that?" But I suppose the point is, a gong or a cymbal don't do much by the way of making music.

They add a beat and sound great when blended into the background but a man walking around banging a gong belongs in a, "Beef, it's what's for dinner" commercial. We can communicate amazingly well. We can know many different languages and even pray in tongues. But without love it's worthless. Mere noise.

I think as believers we're called to do more than communicate. We're called to communicate love. And communicating love cannot be done without the 'love.'

I spent a year overseas about 4 years ago and one of my roommates and good friends at the time shared with me about a friend of his. We frequented this restaurant where we became friends with the guy who made the food. He worked all day long from 6:30AM till 9:00PM seven days a week. We would talk to him while he was making the food (I'd say cooking, but that's really not what was happening).

My friend would stand behind him and rub his shoulders as he worked. I know it sounds a little weird in our culture, but it definitely wasn't there. This guy would cheer up every time he saw us because he knew someone was there to ask him how he was doing and to love on him. He became one of our best friends over the course of the year.

I remember this roommate telling me, "I can't speak his language yet, but I've learned to communicate love. I can tell that speaks to him."

There is reason to be more than a cymbal or gong. The reason is, we're are called to love.