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Pursue Love at all Costs

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SCRIPTURE

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

 

OBSERVATION

Paul use these exaggerated comparisons to really highlight the significance that doing spectacular things without LOVE as the origin of your motivation it will have NO impact/NO gains at all. To have faith to move a mountain, but not to have love is like a useless noise that accomplishes nothing. Jesus mentions in John 13:34-35, "...Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

If you operate from a place of love, its a selfless position that brings glory to the Lord thus having a great kingdom impact positioning yourself as a beckon of light.

 

APPLICATION

My application is to love at all cost to bring glory to the Lord! When I'm operating from a place of love, the display of 

 my God given gifts will be pleasing to the Lord. Now my actions with Love will be meaningful, to encourage and equip His people. 

"But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ." (Philippians 3:7)

 

PRAYER

Lord, I pray that I can love as you intended with patience, kindness, selflessness and one that thrives in your truth. I pray against any self seeking motivation that may promote envy, boasting or pride. I want love to start and end with you - more of you and less of me. Amen! 

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For the Sake of the Gospel

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SCRIPTURE

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. - 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

 

OBSERVATION

How important is the gospel? To what end are we willing to risk and sacrifice all things for it? For Paul it was so important thing that he went “all in” for it. He became all things to all people so that by all possible means he might save some. He embraced the principle of “All for Some”. 

  • Become ALL Things: For the sake of the gospel Paul became weak, poor, foolish, a servant, a bachelor, and surrendered his very rights that he was entitled to.
  • ALL People: To the Jews, he became a Jew; to those under the law, he became like one under the law; to those who don’t have the law, he became like one not having the law; to the weak, he became weak.
  • ALL possible means: he exercised extraordinary self-discipline so that he will not be disqualified to preach the gospel; he ran in such a way to win the prize; he went into strict training in order to get the everlasting crown; he did not run aimlessly but with purpose; he beat his body and made it his slave.
  • Paul sacrificed it "all" for the possibility of winning “some".
 
APPLICATION

I think at the end of their lives many people will be saddened by the fact that they lived it “all for nothing”. They pursued happiness, purpose, fulfillment without Christ and the gospel and it amounted to nothing in eternity. I want to live my life with purpose of “all for some” so that I don’t reach the end of my life with “all for nothing”.

  • All things: I may have to surrender my own rights, the very things I am entitled to so that I can win some for Christ.
  • All people: Be more diverse in reaching people in order to meet with them right where they are at. Learn things that I am not necessarily familiar with i.e. financial market, surfing, politics, government, real estate etc.
  • All possible means: Be disciplined in resisting sin, laziness and self in order to pursue Christ in my spiritual disciplines (prayer, bible, worship, fasting, silence, solitude)
 
PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much for giving it all to save some. Thank you for bankrupting heaven in all its glory and giving us your son Jesus. Jesus, thank you for giving your very own life and surrendering it all to save me. Please forgive me for feeling entitled and insisting on my rights. Lord, I want to do all things for the sake of the gospel and for your glory. Please give me a heavenly vision of what it looks to share in the blessings of the gospel. I love you. Maranatha!

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