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October 9th

"And I will show you a still more excellent way."  1 Corinthians 12:31

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I am all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing."  1 Corinthians 13:1-3

In 1 Corinthians 12 - Paul writes to the church and tells them how we need to be many different parts, gifting, abilities, but the we are one body.  Paul writes about the different gifts that God has given to the church, but no one is more important than anyone else.  No gift is more important than any other gift.  What is the most important gift in the church?  The one that is needed at the time.

Paul says:  "I will show you a still more excellent way.  The more excellent way, is the motive of the church, ministry, which is always love.  Paul talks about the motive is as important as the gift, talent that God has blessed us to use for His glory.

If I speak in tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith or any of the other gifts, but if they are not motivated by love for God and love for people then it is not beneficial to the church, body.  The gift is always about ministering to others and not for the attention or recognition of the one being used in the gift.  The gifts are to point people to Jesus, never to the person!

If I give away all that I have, am generous, if I am willing to sacrifice for the kingdom of God, that is great but have not love, then I gain nothing. 

We need to thank God that He sees something in us, and blesses us with gifts, but the motive is as important as the gift!  We do not possess the gifts, but God has blessed us to be used for His Kingdom.  The gifts, ministries and talents that God has blessed us with, is never to make me look great, but to make Jesus great.

Lord, help me to remember that the gifts are never about me, but they are always about YOU!  Today, help me to allow my life, my talents, and any gift that You have given to me, bless You and bless people!

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