As we discussed at one of our recent Echo of God Prophetic Round Tables, LOVE is the operative (working out) word this season.
1 Corinthians 13:2 states, “And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries and [possess] all knowledge, and if I have all [sufficient] faith, so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], I am nothing.”
We all have talents, skills and gifts. Yes, ALL of us. God gave them to each and everyone of us — no matter what we may have been told by those as we were growing up, or even spoken to us now as adults.
Once you know this, now the question becomes, “What motivates the use of your gifts, talents or skill? What is the driving force?”
Many years ago, I volunteered as the Administrative Assistant to our Fine Arts Pastor at church. One day, as I was walking across the platform on my way to complete a task prior to Service, an older woman asked me, “Why do you serve?” It was out of the blue and a very odd question to me as I rushed to get things done.
“Isn’t it obvious?”, I thought. “I love to serve!” However, it didn’t stop there for me. That question played over and over again in my mind for days and weeks to come, as if to say, “Dig deeper.”
After some time, I realized that God was helping me to see the motivations of my heart. I loved to serve because I loved the attention. I loved being needed. There were holes, brokenness in my soul, and unmet needs I was trying to fill through utilizing my gifts, skills and talents.
I wasn’t serving out of love for others or for Him, I was serving out of my need to be loved. I used my gifts to meet my needs, no one else’s. I was broken, and God wanted to make me whole. He wanted to fill me completely with His love and heal my brokenness. This is His love.
We must have love for others, growing out of God’s love for us.
As we are healed and restored through His love, we can now have (operate in) love for others. Our motivations change, and we can begin to serve, use the gifts, talents and skills to comfort, edify and exhort others into wholeness and growth, so they too can experience abundant living. This is true love.
I used to serve for me. Now I serve for Him.
So, why do you serve?