Wasting Everything (I Corinthians 13; Job 27)

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”  I Cor. 13:3

He had such wonderful ability. There was nothing he could not do on the basketball court.  In his early days, he was the envy of many people who knew him.  But in the end, he wasted everything!!!  The once humbly and selfless young man turned into an arrogant and selfish adult who could no longer find a team that would connect with him.

Spiritually speaking, Paul is sharing truth about the subject of exercising spiritual gifts.  In chapter 12 we find a listing of spiritual gifts and we find a valuable lesson concerning spiritual gifts.  Here was the lesson, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

Question:  “What causes a person to see this and stay focused on this very lesson?”  The answer is found in I Corinthians 13, “Love.”

Paul begins the chapter by sharing with us the outrageous example of a spiritual gifted person who wastes their gifts.  As I read those verses, 13:1-3, I came away thinking this is not just an example, this is reality.  Paul’s goal is simply this, “Christians must exercise their gifts in a spirit of love.”

Think it through:

1.  Daily recite the characteristics of love, Vs: 4-7

I wrote them down this morning and committed them to memory.  I also prayed that God would give me the grace to live them out.

2.  Daily resolve to continue in love, Vs: 8

Make this the number one priority of your Christian life.  Love God and love people.

3.  Daily center your life in love, Vs: 9-13

When you encounter a task, “love.”  When you encounter difficulties, “love.”  When you have fear and doubt, “Love.”

Take away:

If this is the pattern of your life, you will never waste even a minute in your life!!!

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