Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. -1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NIV)
In the secular world, there is the ongoing pursuit of the perpetual motion machine: a machine that is self-sustaining, never running out or requiring additional energy to stay in motion. The second law of thermodynamics would argue that this is not possible, and such a machine is but an impossible dream.
There is one infinite and sustainable force that will never fail or run out, nor will it ever need re-energizing: God’s love.
The secular world
As a far more experienced agent explained to me, much of the pain of the secular world comes from not accessing God’s perpetual motion machine.
People are like vessels, partially filled, but cracked and leaking. But since there is no access to God’s love, they look to others for fulfillment, and vice-versa. And, inevitably, the other person will come up short and disappoint them. People are human and flawed, after all.
The believing world
With God’s infinite love, however, believers are like the cracked vessels nonbelievers are, but can allow for God’s love to fill them, flow through them, and overflow beyond them. This overflow is what allows believers to love others with God’s love and energy…to motivate them supernaturally when they have no motivation of their own. This is how believers can successfully be God’s hands and feet on earth in relationships, missions, work, family, and so on.
That being said, I will be the first to say it’s very easy as a believer to let my flesh narrow or close the opening at the top of my vessel through which God’s love may flow. I have to step back away from myself to open and widen it. And that’s the double-edged sword of free will: God gave us a power that can even limit His love to flow through and out of us.
Be overflowing conduits of His love
God’s love is everlasting. It’s endless. It’s forever sustainable. We only need to get over ourselves limiting the flow of His endless love in us. Instead, let us be conduits of His infinite love and power, and win more of the lost through the showing them the only true perpetual motion machine right before their eyes.