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miracle; I want one of those. In fact I can understand the confusion and craziness of the Corinthian church. I only need to imagine sitting in church and seeing a guy speak in a foreign tongue that he has never studied or perhaps seeing a healing of a withered hand or leg. The congregation sees the gift being used, everybody hears what is going on and then they also see the after picture. I want some of that power; I want God to use me like that! Sadly, many Christians, through ignorance, are willing to do anything or believe anything, regardless of what the Scripture says, to chase and obtain a visible miracle in their lives. Some of those Christians fall away as they feel deceived or let down by God when that heavenly power the preacher promises never shows. Even more tragic is the fact that Paul clearly tells us at the end of Chapter 12 that he is going to show us a far greater way. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31). The first three verses of Chapter13 clearly show that without a certain something, all that one says, teaches, does or gives is nothing. Nothing? Nothing! No wonder so many followers of Christ fall by the wayside when they do not get or see that gift or miracle materialize in their lives. They feel as if they have nothing. They walk away saying it is all a lie, it does not fulfill, it is empty, why bother—but the truth is that what they feel is a confirmation that the Bible is true. The Scriptures say that without that certain something, it is all Nothing. Vanity is the way Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Vanity—vapor—today we would say, “It is just a bunch of hot air.” Having begun my ministry as the lead crier in the nursery over 50 years ago, I have been in services where I felt like Solomon. What was missing? Something definitely was. Paul told us what it is and it is so simple. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 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. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1–3 As Christians in the church, we are commanded to show, demonstrate, manifest and use the love that has been given to us in such a way that the world cannot miss the fact that God loves them. As Christians we use the excuse that “such and such are not my gifts so what can I do?” or “I'm not a gifted person so someone else will have to do that” when we feel inadequate to the task before us. The truth, however, is quite different. We have love—divine love—and it was bestowed upon us the day we met Christ. The Holy Spirit To use the love is within us. To use the of God towards love of God towards others everyday others everyday is a is a miracle that miracle that we have access to—now! We are we have access selfish individuals; we to—now! are egotistical; we are self-serving sinners and yet we can love others through the power of the Spirit in a dynamic and irresistible way. For the Corinthian church to impact its city, they needed to get their eyes off their own wants and desires. They needed to look at what others needed and what the world needed. That is the heart of missions, to look beyond ourselves, our own church and people and see that there is a world out there that has no idea of what the true love of God is really like. That is our miracle. When we love people as God has commanded, they don't see just us; they see God in us and through us. They see Christ. Every day when we follow the leading of the Spirit and show love to another, we can perform a miracle. I want one of those miracles—today and everyday—don't you? Number 1, 2014 W BIMI WORLD 15