1 Corinthians 12-14
Which Spiritual Gift to Seek?
Unity in Love by Prophesy
What gift does scripture suggest we especially seek? 1 Corinthians 14:1 specifically commands that we seek spiritual gifts in general, but goes on to specify that we should especially seek to prophesy.
“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Cor 14:1 NASB
What does it mean to have the gift of Prophesy? A dictionary definition will emphasize it as forecasting the future, but the example of a profit throughout scripture is of one who passes on the words God has given them to speak. Prophesy is to speak to men the things which the Father has given for you to say. This can be by both words and actions. It is your testimony. It is to share what you have witnessed in spirit and in truth. Matthew Henry in his commentary on these verses describes prophesying as “explaining Scripture”. By prophesying to others you are evangelizing with the word of God. Praise God for through this you have participated in the feeding and nurturing of His people!
“But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.” 1 Cor 14:3 NASB
Do not reserve your testimony for the occasional or official outreach. Instead, recognize the daily aspect of the gift of prophecy. The opportunity to speak the things given to you exist in any moment of any day. They don’t have to be repetitive memorized statements reserved for official evangelical pursuits, but should be daily spontaneous statements and observations the Father has given you to share. In addition to the verbal testimony of these things, your actions of kindness and love can also teach of the Father even without words.
“Love never fails; but if prophecy, they will be done away; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.” 1 Cor 13:8 NASB
As you seek His gifts, remember that our Father Almighty is love and He created us as man in His image, and now through these gifts He gives us works to shape us into a more perfect man in the image of His Son. Our Lord is our perfect example for he is not only Son of God (author of spiritual creation) but is also Son of Man (author and perfecter of mankind).
May our love for others and our constant feeding on scripture cause us to spontaneously share the glories we have digested.