In 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Paul writes, If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Although God has blessed us with countless gifts, love is the greatest gift of all. In verse 3, Paul explains that helping the poor, even donating all his possessions, means nothing if not doing so with love. In my life, I often volunteer through community service clubs and societies at my school. While I truly enjoy the experience of giving back and using my gifts to help people in need, it is important that I do these works out of love rather than seeking rewards or acceptance. Towards the end of the school year, I sometimes find myself rushing to complete my credit hours or cramming several service projects into short time frames. However, amidst the rush of everything, I always remind myself to take a step back and remember the purpose behind my service. In the end, it’s not about what or how much you offer; it’s about the meaning and the bigger picture.
Without love, all other gifts have little worth.