1 Corinthians 13:3 Don’t Give Without Love

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Throughout the world many wealthy people can be seen giving large amounts of money for different causes. Many of those people doing the giving have never even set foot in the area to help with the cause directly themselves.

Others have gone out of their way to physically help with a cause, while giving some money. Often these things are done for tax write-offs or for publicity.

As Paul begins to describe what true love is, he states that if he gives everything he has to the poor or goes through hardship for others, but does not have love, he does not gain anything.

Wealthy people are not the only ones who often give without love in the process. Giving in order to get something is a common problem for many people, whether wealthy or poor.

Getting some type of tax exemption is a common reason for people to give money or things. Getting praise and recognition is the common reason for giving of one’s self to help another person out. Both of these types of giving gain nothing, since love is not really in it. The only love is selfish personal love, not God’s love.

Giving like this is also very common in a church. Some will give as little as possible, just to say that they gave. Or they give a lot and announce it loudly, so that everyone knows that they gave. Again these people gain nothing.

God gave out of love when He gave Jesus. Jesus gave out of love when He gave His life. Every believer needs to give out of true love, love for God and love for others.

You may or may not be a person who gives money or self to others. If you do give, examine why you give. Ask yourself what is the motivation behind your giving of money or self.

Allow God’s love to permeate your heart, so that all that you do will be done out of love, not for selfish pride or dead obedience. If God’s love is not in the giving, it will mean nothing and gains nothing.

When love is at the center of your giving, God will be able to reward you greatly, both in this life and in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will have God’s love in your heart for others; that you will give out of love for God and others; and that God will help you to remove all selfish pride.

Acts 6:3 Would You Fit The Order?

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them Acts 6:3

Every business place that is looking to hire someone has a list of what they are looking for in the new hire. The purpose of having this list is to give them a guideline as to who to look for that would have the capabilities to do the job as needed.

As this is done, some will be weeded out, while another will get the job. Some fit the job description, others do not.

Work was needed to be done in getting food to some widows. The church decided to choose seven men who are known to be full of the Spirit of God and wisdom to do the work.

Some people are willing to do any work, regardless of what it is or how much they know about it. Although the eagerness to work is great, sometimes it is not enough to be able to actually get the work done correctly. More is often needed.

In the church some people are extremely eager to do ministry, but do not have the leading of the Holy Spirit or the wisdom needed. Even though someone like that may be able to do the job a little, when one is being led by the Holy Spirit and is using the wisdom of God, a lot more can be done, more efficiently.

Many people in the church may be saved, but are not always allowing themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. They are just believing in Jesus and not much more. They are not allowing themselves to be used by God as much as is possible.

Being led by the Holy Spirit and full of God’s wisdom brings one to a greater level.

You may be a believer who has learned a lot, but are you one who is full of God’s Holy Spirit? Are you being led by His Holy Spirit, or by your own experience and thoughts?

Allow God to fill you and lead you with His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God will be able to do so much more in and through you than ever before.

If you were in the church in Acts, would they have been able to choose you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will have God’s wisdom; and that you will do the work needed by God for you to do.

Ephesians 6:10 Be Strong In His Power

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

Men love to have strength. Many will work out physically to build up their strength and to look strong. They want to be able to do the impossible on their own.

While many are able to build their strength up to amazing levels, most are not able to do it. And even with great strength, there is often many shortcomings in their strength and abilities. No matter how strong someone is, there is usually someone who is stronger that comes along.

After Paul gave some practical instructions to the believers on how to live as a believer, he gives some final thoughts. He tells them that after all of this, they are to be strong in the Lord and in His power.

While it feels great to have great strength, a person’s strength and abilities will often come to an end. There is only so much that a person can do until they begin to fail or fall short.

No one wants to hear that they don’t have the strength to do what needs to be done, they want to be in control of their own lives. However, as a believer, one is not in control of his own life. And he realizes that he does not have the strength needed to accomplish ever task set before him.

People get tired and wear out or burn out when they do things on their own.

Believers are to get their strength from God. God has infinite power and strength that He offers to everyone who trusts in Him. As God calls a person to a task, He will provide everything that a person needs to accomplish it. This means He will give the strength and power to do what needs to be done.

God may have called you to what looks and feels like an impossible task. You may be feeling overwhelmed and worn out from the task, with no strength to continue.

Look to God for your strength. Find joy in the salvation that He has blessed you with. That joy will tap into the eternal strength and power of God, giving you all that you need to keep moving forward in completing the tasks He has given you.

Do not rely upon your own strength and abilities, but upon God’s strength and abilities.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the strength of God in your life; that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will rely upon God for needed strength and power; and that God will do great things through you.

Luke 18:8 Will You Display Faith?

I tell you, he will see that they will get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

Scientists and engineers are always seeking ways for mankind to be able to do everything that they desire on their own. There is a common belief that man can do anything he sets his mind to do. There are no limits.

All of these people have great faith, but it is in themselves, their abilities and the things they have invented. It is a faith and belief that with enough time, money and effort anything is possible.

Jesus had just given a parable about being persistent in pursuing God’s help, having faith that God will do what is needed to be done. Then He asked if when He returns, if He will actually find any faith on the earth.

Faith is trusting God for what cannot be seen or what has not occurred yet. People have faith in things, other people and themselves every day.

Many claim to have faith in God, but do not really show it. They come up against a problem in life and bring it to God for a moment. As soon as God does not clear the problem immediately, they begin to seek ways to solve it themselves or with the help of others.

Seeking to do it by oneself so quickly is removing faith in God to answer in the best way. One no longer has true faith in God, but more in self and others.

Every believer must put complete faith in God for everything. Things must be laid on the line trusting God so much, that if He does not come through, the person or thing will fail.

Pursuing God for help must be the top priority, not self-help or help from others. This is faith in God.

Each day you will have opportunities to exercise your faith in God. There will be things you must bring to God and lay it at His feet to take care of.

You have a choice as to whether you will let God take care of your needs, or you will strive to do it all on your own without His help. This is a choice of whether you will have faith in God or in self.

When God looks at your life, does He find faith?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s abilities and love; that you will seek God first for all your needs; and that you will see God work in your life.