“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that neededth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Our weekly Christian devotional
“I’ll take a double shot Americano.” Amber’s hands tremble as she picks up a menu.
“Make that a decaf Americano, please.” I smile at the waitress.
“Good idea, Jules.”
“Amber, what’s going on with you?” Something heavy seems to be drawing my friend’s focus.
“I can’t figure it out. Technically, my life is going pretty good. I’m dating a great guy…I’ve got a decent job…I’m even starting to pay off my student loans…”
“This is going to sound weird, but I’ve never felt further from God than I do right now.”
Actually, my girlfriend’s angst didn’t sound strange at all. I hate admitting this-but when I’m on the edge of chaos it seems much easier to walk closely with God.
On the flip side–when life becomes status quo, I find it difficult to keep my focus and remember that God is still there and no matter what–I still need Him.
What a strange irony: Our blessings can actually hinder our dependence on God. It’s NEVER like we need God any less! But, sometimes we become less aware of our need.
In my life, I’ve learned that it’s crucial for me to continually stoke the fire of God. Passion for Him can run hot and high and unfortunately, it can just as quickly die out. The only difference between those who keep the fire going and those who let it fizzle to nothing is one simple truth: Action.
As Believers we not only need to keep ourselves tuned into God’s Spirit with prayer and the Word, but must also keep company with other Believers. They’re the ones who keep us honest and accountable, helping us exercise our love, compassion and empathy.
As 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, if we have love in our hearts but don’t pour it into other people’s lives then we really aren’t doing God any favors. We’re just noisy horns blowing an ugly tune.
God has graciously given us compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love. As Believers, we aren’t called to just read Jesus’s words! We must follow His lead by reaching out and mirroring the heart He has for humanity.
Connecting with God through prayer and Bible reading grounds us in the character of God. By learning His words and ways, we become equipped to model what we hear in those intimate moments with Him. If people in our lives aren’t coming to salvation, we must ask ourselves if we are truly doing our best to reflect Christ in action, not just empty words. It’s exciting to see God’s will being played out in our everyday life. When we actually take heed to God’s promptings, only then are we truly being a light to the world.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I remember the days when I first came to salvation. I was enthralled with hearing your voice and basking in your presence.
You spoke and I obeyed. Life began moving from chaos to peace.
But, then something happened. I’m not sure what, exactly…I stopped hearing your voice and I stopped feeling your presence.
You said you would never leave me or forsake me. And, I believe that you aren’t capable of lying, Lord.
I’ve been greedily ‘filling up’ with you, not taking the time or effort to pour out the love you’ve given me onto others.
Perhaps that’s why you feel so far.
Lord, I repent for my selfishness. Pour out onto me again. Give me joy as I share what you have done for me so I can see you work in the lives of others.
I’m not an island. I am a vessel…for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Thank you for reading our weekly Christian devotional on verses: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 2 Timothy 2:15
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan