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.

1 Corinthians 12:21 All Are Needed

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:21

Organizations that run well have a good understanding the of the need of everyone in the organization. Other organizations often splinter and crumble, because of the disunity inside of it caused by everyone working alone.

Some people love to work alone and feel as if they do not need the help of anyone else. The need for others is often unseen, until it is too late and damage has been done.

Using the body as an example, Paul describes what the church is like. He points out that the eye cannot make it without the hand, nor can the head make it without the feet.

Pride in the heart of many people causes them to feel as if they do not need anyone else. Each person feels as if he is the most important and needed person within a group and often looks down upon or excludes others.

Sadly this type of viewing has occurred inside the church many times. Pastors look down upon youth or children’s pastors. Youth pastors look down upon the usher. Ushers may look down upon the person who cleans the church. Along side of those views, teachers may look down upon evangelists or the opposite way.

God does not work in that way at all. Every person that He has put in a church has an important job to fulfill. Just as the eye needs the hand in order to have any value, so every person is needed inside the church body. None are more important than the other. Each person has his own job to fulfill before God and others.

Together the church can be a powerful force and witness in this world.

Regardless of your position in the church you are a part of, you have an important role to fulfill. However, keep in mind that your role is not the most important, but also not the least important.

Realize that God has others there to help you and for you to help.

Every person, including you, is placed in the church body by God to build each other up in the Lord and be His powerful witness to this fallen world. Do not neglect your role, nor look down upon the roles of others, but build each other up in unity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the purpose God has for you in His body–the church; that you will build others up in the Lord in the church body; that you will work in unity with other believers doing God’s work; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world.