How thrilling would it be if a mountain moved at your command – even only a fraction of an inch? Would you feel powerful? Would you love the attention you receive when every talk show host books you to discuss your amazing feat?
Yet if you neglected to show love to those around you, you could move every mountain on this planet and God wouldn’t be impressed. Consider 1 Corinthians 13:2 (ESV): “And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
Even if I, your beloved columnist, could explain the mysteries of the supernatural and answer your deepest life questions, but didn’t have God’s love dwelling inside me, the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition would describe me as “a useless nobody.”
First Corinthians 13:3 says, “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
Every day, we busy ourselves with countless activities, many of which we do for others. But how often are we doing these tasks for our own glory? We can fool ourselves into thinking we’re sincere, but if we could peer deep into our hearts, our true motives might tell another story.
Even if we give all we have – every bit of our energy and every hour of our lives – to serving others, if our main objective is to earn points with people (or with God), we gain nothing.
Don’t get me wrong. Many serve with genuine hearts. Their actions model a Christlikeness I envy. I wonder what the rest of us might discover about ourselves if we asked God to examine our true motives regarding the “good” works we do at church, work and in our community.
How differently might we serve others if we saw ourselves as we are – representatives of Christ – and acted accordingly? How would it change people’s perspective about God if they saw His goodness in us? Perhaps they would see God differently if they saw us as those who care about their needs because we understand His love for them.
I suspect if we served like this, we could move mountains – mountains of distrust, annoyance and jealousy – in our churches and in our communities, a fraction of an inch at a time.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can reach her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com