Ever Ready to Give
- Date: January 23, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."(1 John 4:8)
- From Spiritual Life - Spiritual Fruit
"He that loveth not knoweth not God..." (1 John 4:8). We could say it this way, "He that is selfish knoweth not God." Does that make it a little more personal? He that's too busy to serve the Body knoweth not God. He whose ambition separates him from his wife and children so he cannot properly oversee his house knoweth not God. She that will not humble herself and submit to her head (her husband) knoweth not God. Children who do not obey their parents knoweth not God.
Love is the emptying of self-will to fill the other person with the glory of God. A person who loves recognizes another's worth in Christ. He recognizes another's ministry, position, and need before his own.
Love was made manifest in, "God so loved He gave..." (John 3:16). Love gives. Are you a taker? Are you looking for what you can get in relationships? When a group of your friends get ready to go somewhere, do you feel compelled to influence them in the direction you prefer or to do the things you like? The fruit of the Spirit of love is the willingness to prefer others rather than demanding your own way. Love is the habitual emptying of self.
Having partaken of the free gift, regeneration causes you to be thankful and to look for opportunities to freely give. You can't reach everybody. You can't even meet everybody's need in your fellowship. Love will cause us to be sensitive to His voice, saying, "Here's the one." You don't have the capacity to meet every need in your family. You cannot give your wife or children all that they need. But you can do what God instructs you to do at the moment. Be ready to empty yourself for the good of the individual to whom God directs. Love not in word, but in deed.
Love is not always in giving but being ever ready to give. If you are always giving, much of it will be done in your own flesh. You may be robbing somebody of his supernatural giving because you just got in the way. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is sit down, be quiet, and not do anything. That's hard for many of us. Be still, but ever ready to be emptied that others might be edified. "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, when you have love one for another" (John 13:35).