Fanny Crosby, the blind songwriter, was at the McAuley Mission one day. She asked if there was a boy there who had no mother, and if he would come up and let her lay her hand on his head. A motherless little fellow came up, and she put her arms about him and kissed him. They parted. She went from the meeting and wrote that inspiring song, Rescue the Perishing. When Mr. Sankey was about to sing the song in St. Louis he related the incident. A man sprang to his feet in the audience and said, “I am the boy she kissed that night. I never was able to get away from the impression made by that touching act, until I became a Christian. I am now living in this city with my family, am a Christian, and am doing a good business.” (Heartwarming Bible Illustrations, AMG International, Inc., 1998, in PC Study Bible V.5 CD, Seattle: Biblesoft Inc.,1988-2007)
There is always somebody in the Body of Christ who needs your spiritual gifts. Somebody needs you to bless him or her with your God-given abilities. Use your gift for that somebody. But use it with love. Love while serving. Touch that person with your abilities. But most of all, touch that person with your love.
Serving God and serving others without loving them is empty and useless, gaining nothing. “Love is the measure of all things.” (Wiersbe) Fathom everything you do for the Lord and for other people, by the depth of your love. Calculate your service by the mathematics of love. If it is not quantified by love, then it is useless and empty.
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