How good are you at math? Growing up, mathematics was one of my best subjects until calculus. I had the same math teacher from the seventh through the ninth grade. No, I didn’t flunk. I was part of a new math program.
My teacher would start every class with a paperless quiz. It would go something like this (do this in your head as you read along without stopping to calculate). Five times 24, minus 6, divided by 3, plus 15, minus 1, plus 38, divided by 30, minus 3 equals…The numbers got bigger and the equation longer as the year progressed. It was frustrating because I didn’t always get it right.
Here’s some new math for you.
Dean Stork of Lexington, Kentucky shared that when his wife and he were expecting triplets, their six-year-old son asked him, “Daddy, when the babies get here will you and mom still love me as much?”
This was a very legitimate and perceptive question by a first grader. What happens to love when there is an increase in population? What about God’s love as His kingdom grows? Is there enough love to go around?
Dean Stork said to his son:
“Kyle, it’s not that we only have so much love to give and you have to share it with the babies. Real love isn’t like that; love isn’t selfish – it’s giving. You see, I love you and Mommy, Mommy loves you and me, and you love Mommy and Daddy. That’s 6 loves in this home. It’s 3 people each loving 2 people.
When the triplets get here, Mommy will love you, the three babies, and me. I will love you, Mommy, and the three babies. You will love Mommy, the three babies and me. That’s 5 loves, plus 5 loves, plus 5 loves. Then the triplets will love you, Mommy, the other two babies and me. That’s 5 loves, plus 5 loves, plus 5 loves. Now that’s 6 people with 5 loves each – that’s 30 loves in our home!
A large smile came over his face and he said, simply, ‘I love you, too, Daddy.’”
Kyle learned an important lesson from his father. Real love doesn’t divide; real love multiplies.
Too many times we limit our love. We tend to reserve our love for our family, a few close friends and the lovable. God’s challenge to us is to love everyone, especially those within the church.
John wrote in 1 John 4:7-11, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
Real love…God’s love doesn’t divide; it multiplies.
Has God been multiplying your love? As you live your life, I hope you ace the Mathematics of God’s Love.
Something to think about…