Erin Rathier

musings of a ragtag heart

     Yesterday, I shared with you God’s call for me to fiercely love those He put in front of me, a year ago.  As I was ready to quit using some of my gifts and talents, He put images of those He was reminding me to love in my mind, and I thought I understood. As usual, I had no idea God was not done teaching me on this topic.  Isn’t it crazy that now, a year later, God has continued to turn my heart upside down with a book about loving, Everybody Always???

     One of my pastors shares that the apostle John encouraged us, at the end of his life, that love is the most important thing.  Although I cannot remember his exact quote, my pastor will say something like, “At the end of John’s life, after all he has done and seen, John tells us, above everything, the most important is to love.”

     I thought I understood this idea…Don’t you love how God will show you something new and something deeper when the time is right.

A few nights ago, I had a friend on my couch, broken and crying over some hard stuff in her life.  As I sat and listened, and hugged her, and hurt for her, God said, “THIS is what I mean.”  As I shared in my last post, God broke some ambition in me during that night of worship a year ago, He unbusied me and told me to love.

This night, with my friend, He said, “This is what I meant…although I may give you opportunities to use your gifts and skills they are not most important.  You have been very worried about how I am going to use you, Erin, walking with my precious daughter and loving her through this difficult time, is the most important thing I am asking you to do.”  Yes God, now I understand.

     What makes this call to fiercely love so wonderful?  Love is an equalizer, it does not matter who you are or what you do, you can love.  It does not matter what your title is, where you work, how much money you make, if you are married or single, or how old you are, you can love.

And ultimately, love saved the world.

Greatest of These

God may give us opportunities to do many things in our lives, but loving people will always be the most important.  If we do not truly value and invest in the people God puts in our presence, we will miss the point entirely.  Who is God asking you to love today?

“For God so love the world, He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

If you do not know Jesus and you want to, if you want to have a relationship with this God I am talking about, who loved us so much He gave His life for us, send me a message.  I would love to share Him with you.

2 thoughts on “The Greatest of These

  1. Jessica Wellington says:

    You are speaking right to my soul my friend! 4 years ago I told God, do not let the pain I have been though, be in vain. Use it to help others. Since, he has opened door after door into other women’s broken lives. It breaks my heart again and again and I constantly ask God what I am supposed to do. Love is the answer. I cannot fix anything for them, but I can love them. 5 years ago I was that broken girl on your couch… and you loved me. I am so grateful to have you in my life.

    1. erinrathier says:

      Oh Jessica, you started the tears. I remember those days with you on my couch, and I was then and am now, so privileged to have prayed with you through it and to see how amazingly God wormed through every step. My heart is also sooo glad, every time you share about how you are using it to help others! Keep going, keep loving, you are a testimony to God’s power!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: