There are some things in life that are necessary, actually, mandatory. Paul expressed this in the 13th Chapter of 1 Corinthians, the “Love” chapter. In verses 1-3 he tells us that though he speak with the tongues of angels, but without love (charity) he becomes as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. He goes on to say that even if he had the gift of prophecy and understood all mysteries, and had all knowledge and faith that would move mountains…..without love, it would be nothing. Finally, he contends that if he gave everything he had to the poor so they could be fed, and if he even give his body to be burned……yes, without love, it would profit him nothing! You know the rest of the verses in this great discourse on love. Many have memorized these passages. Love is necessary, actually mandatory. Without it, all is for naught.
Love is what motivated God to send His Son to die for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). God, in turn, expects love to be the motivating factor in our service to Him and to our fellow man. He tells us this in John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” The world should be able to see our Lord living in us by our behavior. Note that John said, a new “commandment” I give unto you. This was not an option. Christianity depends upon us being able to show the love of God to others so they will have a desire to be saved. The God of heaven has blessed each of us with abilities and talents. We all have something to offer to the Lord. Many have been blessed abundantly! Some of my sisters are able to teach children, sing, cook, clean for others or clean the building, organize classroom materials, visit or care for the shut-ins, have Bible studies with other ladies, send out correspondence courses and cards, set up Bible studies with friends for the elders/preachers/ make clothing, care for the sick, write articles, type the bulletin and the list could go on. All of these are needful things in the Lord’s kingdom, and I have seen some who were able to do all of the above. As a woman of God, I pray for all of my dear sisters who are so actively involved in the work of the Lord and I thank God for each and every one of them. I do, however, continue to pray for those who have talents or abilities and have chosen not to use them to glorify the Lord. I am ever impressed with the skills that many of my sisters possess, many of which I wish I had, yet they are used in secular ways, or simply held tightly within. They do not volunteer and when asked to assist they often are not to be found. They have skills but lack the will or desire to serve. Ladies we need you! We need ALL of you and your various blessings. If you have a skill and you do not have the will to use it, then it is nothing, or nil. It leaves a void in the work of the Lord. Please consider the following Scripture: “From whom the WHOLE body fitly joined together and compacted by that which EVERY joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love,” (Ephesians 4:16). For the body to work effectively, for it to grow properly, the way God planned it, we all need to be holding hands and working together in love. Love is that cement which holds us together in Christ.
It is my prayer that we will all give serious consideration to these Bible Scriptures and determine today to cultivate a desire to use our talents for His kingdom, and to expand our talents as we have opportunity. Love should motivate us and desire should spur us on to greater works.
Remember: Skill – Will = Nil!
Nancy is the wife of Bill Goring, who serves as a gospel preacher and elder for the Chipman Road church of Christ in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and has taught Bible class for over 40 years, speaks at Ladies Day gatherings and has published several books including: Behavior Becoming Holiness: Studies in Titus Chapter 2 and Overcoming our Self-Imposed Prisons.