1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
14And do everything with love.
Where there is no love, there is no point. Let everything you do be done with love. We may argue whether or not that’s possible. Who loves doing dishes? Who loves folding laundry or taking out the trash, right?
But I don’t think it’s the task we’re supposed to love, it’s being able to help. I don’t have to love doing the dishes in order to love the fact that doing them will make someone else feel better.
A lot of times we think that because we don’t love it, we can’t do it with love. That’s just not true. We tend to think that if we’re not in love with the task, we shouldn’t even have to attempt doing it. But I think this verse means we do it anyway, out of love.
I may be wrong, but I’m sure that out of all that Jesus was able to do on Earth, washing the disciples’ feet wasn’t done because He loved washing feet. And that is the point. Setting an example of love and sacrifice was more important than anything to Christ.
What does it mean for you to be able to give of yourself for others? It means serving. And serving means sacrifice. And sacrifice is love.
Where there is no love, there is no point… so how can you serve, sacrifice, and love this Christmas?
The author is a youth worker from Hartwell, Georgia.
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