“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.” – 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
Loving God and others should be the highest goal of every believer. Taking time to explore what it really means to love God and love others has resulted in many of us realizing just how self centered our love expressions to God and people have become over the years. We have sought forgiveness from God and others for this self centeredness, and the result has been renewed and deeper relationships.
Living a life of love is the highest goal, but it should not be the only goal. God loves us and has expressed that love to us not only by giving us the gracious gift of eternal life, but also by giving us gracious abilities to serve Him through the body of Christ. These spiritual gifts of service are the unique ways God wants to use us in the body of Christ…
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NLT)
One of the ways we express our love to God is by using our gifts to help others. It is one thing to have the God-given ability to teach, lead, give, or encourage. It is another thing to use that gift to see people helped to become fully developing followers of Christ.
What gifts and abilities has God given you? Many people have gifts they use in their careers to make a living, but they never use those same gifts in their church to make a spiritual impact on others. What are you doing with your gifts? What could you do if you let God put you in His perfect place of service for you? Expand your praying this week, and ask God not only give you the desire to love more but also the desire to serve through your giftedness.