1 Corinthians 12-14
January 15, 2017
Why Seek Growth in Spiritual Gifts?
Unity in Love
When our hearts have been warmed by the gift of eternal love from God, our eyes are opened to see that we experience joyful growth in spiritual ways. That vision of such growth, even just after our eyes are first opened, could be enough to find us simply resting in the deep meditations of such a great love from our Father. However, we do not simply rest in the knowledge of our salvation; but instead look forward to the journey of a relationship in the God who created and saved us. We walk in the steps of a journey made possible by the finished works of the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show
you a still more excellent way.” 1 Cor 12:31 NASB
In Christ our journey has just begun, and we have a desire to travel deep into the knowledge of Him. He has given us growth – we want more. He has shown us His glory – we want more. These desires for more of the gifts he has given produce endurance, and with endurance comes growth. This continued growth is indeed a glorious relationship. He teaches fundamentals, and we learn – and we love. Then He teaches more advanced lessons, and we learn more – and we love more. As our journey continues, we share with others the knowledge of our experience and a yearning that will culminate with the inheritance of a fullness of joy we shall receive together in Him.
“So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound
for the edification of the church” 1 Cor 14:12 NASB
Praise God for He guides us to glory by the Spirit of His Son placed within us and shared among us!