We live in a time where the Church has become gift oriented. This is a tragedy.
Why? You may ask…?
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
13 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. 2 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.
It is evident that without love, whatever you do means zilch. Zero. Nada.
You can preach, you can heal the sick and cast out demons and speak in tongues but if you do not have love, your works amount to nothing. The problem with Christians today is that we are looking for signs of gifts instead of fruit.
Let’s look at Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Nobody looks for fruit anymore, as long as some guy is performing miracles, they automatically believe that he is a true prophet.
Jesus gave this command in Matthew 7:15-20
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
You may ask…but Kristian, if someone does miracles, does that not mean God is working in them?
Let’s look at Romans 11:29
29 For God’s gift and His calling is irrevocable.
That means, God doesn’t take back the gifts after they have been given to you. Some translations say that the gifts are without repentance indicating that the person could be doing right but living wrong.
We need to look for fruit because that is true Christianity, Love. Love is what got us saved in the first place.
If you don’t have love don’t preach. – Theo Msomi
Now let’s look at the most frightening scripture in the Bible…
21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Wait a minute now, those people did great stuff yet Jesus claimed to have never known them…
WHY? Because they didn’t function in love. Love is important. It is indeed the Foundation of Christianity because God is love. Rejecting Love is rejecting God. If you don’t love, you hate. And hate is murder. And no murderer can enter the kingdom of heaven. So love with everything you have, and the Holy Spirit will manifest the gift in you to fulfil a need in someone.