Greg Bruce will begin a 3- part series on the subject of spiritual gifts. It’s noteworthy that immediately after Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts in 1 Cor. 12, that he writes his famous LOVE chapter (1 Cor. 13). The placement of these two chapters teach us that love and service are tied together.
Paul teaches that it doesn’t matter what we know or do, if the love of God doesn’t drive us. When we use our God-given gifts to serve others, we are not merely fulfilling an obligation. We don’t serve others because we have to, but because we get to. It’s the love of God that compels us (2 Cor. 5:14). When we use our gifts to serve others, we help others know the love of God more!