Ancient folklore history tells us of a tale where love for one woman was so passionate that it caused an auspicious and powerful king to launch 10,000 ships into a 10-year battle for Helen of Troy, which resulted in the innovation of the Trojan horse. For thousands of years the sages have told the story in the context of “passion.” But I present the case that it is also a story of “innovation.”
Innovation is an elusive goal that has frustrated countless enterprising entrepreneurs who have tried to discover major breakthroughs that would turn what most people considered problems into momentous answers. Let’s take a moment and consider how we deal with innovation powered by love. For the numerous examples below, I’m going to use nonrelated fields of endeavor.
Mark Zuckerberg, the innovator of Facebook, was a young sophomore at Harvard University when he launched his world-changing company Facebook. He was a computer nerd who had a love and passion for people to be able to network together. This coupled with his seat-of-the-pants knowledge of computer programming, led to the technography that gave us worldwide social interaction through the use of computers. This also made Zuckerberg a billionaire 35 times over (at last count).
As you can see, finding the answer to our most popular needs also has great rewards. But there is the elusive expense that appears to come with every great innovation. I’m not writing about or considering any of the previous examples as negatives. Instead I am looking at the word of God that says, “The Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow with it.”
The only way that this seemingly impossible objective can be achieved is through the power of innovation through love. All of the great industrial leaders in society used love to release creative innovation in their minds. But usually it was just focused on one part of the passion of love. They didn’t fully understand how wonderfully complex love really is. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
You see this is the first Scripture that describes how love is a fruit and that it comes with incredibly powerful attributes, such as longsuffering, which is filled with temperance that gives you the ability to have patience to perfect its work in your innovation. Each one of these varieties of the fruit of love carries with it the perfecting qualities to help you to achieve wealth with no sorrow.
This morning I was talking with an older gentleman who races “C class” cars. He was telling me that he is trying to achieve just one-second faster speed on the track, but he believes it is impossible because of his age. He has added more horsepower and all kinds of improvements to his cars, but he still hasn’t been able to achieve that elusive one-second advantage. As I was talking to my son, Sunny, he mentioned to me how a Formula One car is actually a wing with an engine on it because it uses the power of wind to keep the car on the track.
My son discussed with me how the engineers that built these Formula One cars had to think out of the box, using airflow instead of weight to keep the car in proper control when traveling at speeds of over 200 miles an hour. When approaching a problem such as this (which I know absolutely nothing about) I realized that it is the power of God’s love in its purity that gives the complete answer. A complete answer means that every single aspect of the problem is answered ~ from the driver’s qualifications, to the driver’s safety, to the driver’s ability to receive the reward of victory.
Innovation that is powered by God’s perfect love has a completeness to it that satisfies every aspect of the need itself. To understand the powerful implications in this proposal ~ is to comprehend the big picture that is being played out on planet earth. God Himself created this planet, and all innovation that occurs on earth emanates from His son Jesus Christ. This is not anything that I have made up, but is clearly spelled out in the Scriptures: “All this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.”
So what I am saying is that God is “love” and if you want to plug into any innovation that is going to actually count on this planet, and also if you want to enjoy the wealth that comes from this innovation, it is absolutely necessary for you to become a student of God’s perfect love.
Every aspect of God’s love will release innovations into your world. Yes, Henry Ford was not a born innovator. It was his love for auto manufacturing that led him to so many inventions. But he also had problems. And the list goes on and on… I personally feel that a new Renaissance is beginning in the world today, and this Renaissance will lead to innovations that are powered by the fruits of the Spirit, which emanate from love itself. Remember, the Scripture says that God is love.
Which brings me back to my first point, that love brings about a passion that releases innovation. Greater love has no man than this that he would lay down his life for a friend. God gave His only begotten Son. Think about it, contemplate on how great is God’s innovation in planning your and my salvation. This passion is so complete that it makes God Himself rich in His possession of the innovators that He has passionately created.
Wow! It’s a vision that is so big it can take your breath away. And it’s something I want to take my time to contemplate in the realm of the Spirit. “Jesus, would You please release Your love in me completely ~ to where I can embrace all the attributes of love ~ such as longsuffering.”