Thursday, May 28
Chapter 28: Skin in the Game (pg 128)
Quote of the Day:
“I want to pick a fight because I want someone else’s suffering to matter more to me. I want to slug it out where I can make a meaningful difference. God says He wants us to battle injustice, to look out for orphans and widows, to give sacrificially. And anyone who gets distracted with the minutiae of this point or that opinion is tagging out of the real skirmish. God wants us to get some skin in the game and to help make a tangible difference.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 195
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 The Message
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Putting Love into Action:
Give sacrificially – What does that mean to you? Has the suffering of someone else mattered to you lately? Have you become immune to the suffering to others? Take off any blinders this week and watch for the opportunity to make a real difference. Call out injustice and get some skin in the game. Like Bob said, it’s messy, it’s time consuming, it’s painful and it’s costly. But it’s also exactly what Jesus did for us and asked us to do for others.
Have you ever picked a fight with anyone? Been the one being bullied and had a friend come to your side? Stood up for someone else when they couldn’t stand up for themselves? Tell us about it!
Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!