Ah, yes, the unholy trinity of me, myself, and I. What can you do for me? What can I get out of this, that, or the other? What about me? In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul writes about love. If you’re married, you probably had it read at your wedding. You know the part, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Beautiful, isn’t it? Let me backtrack to 1 Corinthians 12: 29-31. “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts.” In other words, you might have the gift for teaching or prophecy or evangelism. But is that gift really for you? No.
Your spiritual gifts are for others. Why? Because through your using your spiritual gifts, you are sharing God’s love. That is the greater gift. Yes, that love that is in 1 Corinthians 13. The love we all fall so short on because we are imperfect. You see, true love gives. Jesus set the bar so high for us.
You need to read 1 John 4:7-23 in its entirety. Here is just a small part. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God…This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him…No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us…God is love…”.
What have you sacrificed for God lately? A supersize meal? Two minutes of Facebook time for a quick prayer? Is all the stuff around you consuming you so that you can’t seem to find God’s love in your life? God sent Jesus to earth so we could follow his example. He allowed the Bible to be written so that we could study it and use it as a tool to teach others and to know how we should love others. Are you using it the way he intends for it to be used?
Are you using your spiritual gift so that God’s love radiates from you? There is more than just you in this world. There are millions of people starving for love. Will you use your gifts to show God’s love to them? You just need to do it. Your spiritual gifts are not for you. They are a vessel God gave you so that He may be glorified to others. Your own personal action speaks louder than any words some people will ever read. Let your actions speak love.