Job 27 & 1 Corinthians 13

Job 27

    And Job again took up his discourse, and said:

    “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
        and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
    as long as my breath is in me,
        and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
    my lips will not speak falsehood,
        and my tongue will not utter deceit.
    Far be it from me to say that you are right;
        till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
    I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
        my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
    “Let my enemy be as the wicked,
        and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
    For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
        when God takes away his life?
    Will God hear his cry
        when distress comes upon him?
    Will he take delight in the Almighty?
        Will he call upon God at all times?
    I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
        what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
    Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
        why then have you become altogether vain?
    “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
        and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
    If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,
        and his descendants have not enough bread.
    Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
        and his widows do not weep.
    Though he heap up silver like dust,
        and pile up clothing like clay,
    he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
        and the innocent will divide the silver.
    He builds his house like a moth's,
        like a booth that a watchman makes.
    He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;
        he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
    Terrors overtake him like a flood;
        in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
    The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
        it sweeps him out of his place.
    It hurls at him without pity;
        he flees from its power in headlong flight.
    It claps its hands at him
        and hisses at him from its place.

(Job 27 ESV)

1 Corinthians 13

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

    So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13 ESV)

1 Corinthians 13: As individual members that make up the living body called the church, we ought to desire God-given abilities and opportunities that help the church in its efficiency and effectiveness in this world. However, no matter what unique ability or opportunity God may gift us with personally, we must always use these gifts in a manner motivated by love. Love may rightly be called ‘the currency of God’s Kingdom.’ 

The apostle Paul points out the way in which the right actions done with the wrong motivation profits us nothing in the eyes of God. How many of us might be obediently biblical in our conduct but obnoxiously unChristian in our character? In attempting to determine the value of our Christian virtue, we need only to ask, “Why do we obey what God commands?” 

Is our obedience to God and the use of our time, treasure and talents motivated by our love for God that manifests itself in a new level of love for others? How might the world view Christianity, if Christians sold their desires to be right or respected in order to invest their lives in the Kingdom currency of love? The right actions motivated by the right heart guarantees a return on our investment that pays out for all eternity.