If you are familiar with wrestling, then you know that they have an event called the Royal Rumble. A Royal Rumble is when a certain amount of wrestlers start in the ring to begin with, and when one of them is thrown out of the ring, another wrestler enters from backstage. This goes on until all the wrestlers from backstage have entered the ring and there is one wrestler left standing at the end. Paul writes that after all is said and done, there is three things that remain: faith, hope and love; the greatest being love (See 1 Corinthians 13:13). Lets break down each on of these three individually.
Elevation Worship has a song called “Give Me Faith.” If you haven’t heard it, you should because it will really increase your faith. The word faith is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. One time for each day of the year. There is an entire chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11 called the faith chapter or hall of faith, dedicated to faith. This chapter tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (See Hebrews 11:6). Every time Jesus healed someone, He told them that their faith had made them whole. We are supposed to walk by faith and not by what we see. The prophet Habakkuk tells us that the righteous will live by faith (See Habakkuk 2:4). Jesus said that everything is possible for those who have faith (See Mark 9:23). According to Hebrews faith is believing and hoping in what we can’t see (See Hebrews 11:1). Paul writes that we should fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen because what is seen in temporal but what is unseen is eternal (See 2 Corinthians 4:18). So don’t worry about what you see around you because it won’t last. Keep believing for what you can’t yet see and never let go of your faith.
Third Day has a song called “My Hope is You” based on Psalm 25:1-5 where David says his hope is in the Lord and no one who puts their hope in the Lord will ever be put to shame. The prophet Isaiah writes that whoever hopes in the Lord will renew their strength, soar like an eagle, run and not get tired, and walk and don’t lag behind or faint (See Isaiah 40:31). In other words, if you are feeling weak and looking for strength, if you want to soar above your problems and improve your vision, if you want to run this race of life to win, and if you want to not get left behind, then you need to put your hope and trust in the Lord. Psalm 20:7 says that some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Quit putting your hope and trust in people, in your job, in your education, in your talents, or in your possessions and place it God’s hands where He’ll never let go of you.
Love conquers all fear (See 1 John 4:18). Love covers all sin (See 1 Peter 4:8). God loved so He gave (See John 3:16). God is love (See 1 John 4:8,16). God loved us first (See 1 John 4:19). Nothing can separate us from God’s love (See Romans 8:38-39). Love endures forever (See Psalm 136). Love never gives up. Love cares more for others. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t boast. Love does not dishonor others. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-8). I’ll close with the lyrics from the song called “One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture.
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains
Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me
On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains
In death and in life I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love
My debt is paid there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love