by Randy Chambers, 2014-07-21
1 Corinthians 13:2, NIV: 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.
We face a never-ending struggle to find a certain feeling of being satisfied
with who we are. So much of what we do is motivated by a desire to gain
something for ourselves, and it is a hard thing to set aside that part of us
controlled by our flesh in order that we might be more like Jesus. The mind of
Christ is selfless and is always seeking what is bestŚnot just for self, but for
others. Yet our insatiable desire to shine, to be the best, or get the
appreciation and applause of others can greatly harm our effectiveness in loving
others as Jesus did. Even what we may see as the noblest things (serving others,
ministry, witnessing, etc.), can become an avenue for self-glorification if we
are not careful. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul warns of the dangers in using the
gifts God has given for reasons other than love. Just as it was in his day, it
is still so todayŚwe can do many things that seem right, and good and honorable.
We can witness, preach, share, serve, tithe, and teach. But it all means nothing
if we are motivated by anything other than a genuine and Christ like love for
those to whom God sends us.