The Charity Mindset


1 Corinthians 13:2 “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.”

The greatest asset that will change more lives is when a believer does God’s work with charity. Charity is love invested in others. All the talent in the world will do nothing to help people. Talent is empty without charity because charity is what makes the difference in an individual’s life.

The key to charity is found in the verse above. That key is, “…I am nothing.” You will rarely, if ever, be used by God to change another individual’s life when you think you are something. Charity is always absent in the life of someone who thinks they are something because pride has filled the heart where charity is supposed to reside. You cannot help others when everything is about you; however, charity takes you out of the equation. When you become nothing and invest your life in others, you will be surprised how much you can help others. Let me share a couple of thoughts about this great truth that must control your life if you want God to use you to be a life-changer.

First, you have always been nothing. You did not make yourself be who you are; God did. You didn't give yourself the natural talent that you have; God did. You didn't make the beauty that you think you have; God did. You didn't give yourself the natural intellect that you have; God did. The fact that God blessed you with talent, beauty or intellect doesn't make you better than anyone else; rather, it makes God a gracious God that would bless a nothing like you with these attributes. Just because you have desired attributes doesn't make you something special. The very attributes that God has given you can be taken away in a moment; then what will you be. When you realize that you have always been nothing is when God can begin to use you.

Second, you will always be a nothing, but you don’t have to stay a nothing. I know this statement sounds like it contradicts itself, but it doesn’t. When you choose to invest your love in others is when you become something to others. The more you invest in others, the more others will think that you are something. The fact that you have charity in your life is only because of God. True love comes from God because God is love; however, charity is simply taking God’s love and being the conduit to invest His love in others. The fact that you become something because you invested His love in others still makes you nothing because without God’s love, you had nothing to invest in others. You will always be nothing, but you can take God’s love and let your life count for Him.

My friend, you will find that charity’s attributes will exhibit themselves in you when you realize you are nothing and start investing God’s love in others. You will find when you start investing God’s love in others is when you will be longsuffering and kind with others. You will find that charity will keep you from becoming jealous of others or filled with pride. When you invest God’s love in others, you will find that life will not be about you and your hurts, but it will become about the lives of others changing. 

Let me ask you, how much do you invest God’s love in others? Only God’s love will make a difference in others, and the more you invest His love in others, the more lives He can change through your life.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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