Does everyone see what I have in my hand? It’s a battery, and it’s something I bet all of you depend on every day. Batteries are little power packs that let us run all these things without having to be plugged into a stationary power source. We use batteries in all kinds of devices: cell phones, iPods, wireless microphones, toys. Even cars run on batteries. What other things can you think of that require batteries?
There’s nothing more frustrating than playing with your favorite toy or talking on the cell phone when all of a sudden – the battery dies! It doesn’t matter if it’s the coolest, flashiest toy or the most expensive phone available. If the battery goes dead, it’s completely useless.
Batteries remind me of something Paul wrote about love. In 1 Corinthians 13, verses 1-3, Paul said, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
As you grow up, you’re going to discover the talents that God has given you. You can be the greatest singer, the smartest teacher, the most brilliant preacher. But as you do, remember this battery. And remember that without love, you are no better than a dead cell phone.