What a powerful chapter! As a Christian, birthed into a charismatic spiritual family, I believe in the “gifts of the Spirit” and the power of the body of Christ. What is describe in 1 Cor. 12 has become one of the central focus and teachings of charismatic Christians.
Paul is inclusive, acknowledging the gifts of the Spirit and how a spiritual family should act and live. Then he writes, I believe, a powerful and pivotal sentence – And yet, I will show you a MORE EXCELLENT WAY!
I’m convicted this Easter Sunday, to “live” the more excellent way. I know about love, teach about love and desire to live in God’s love. Yet I slip into focusing maybe too much on the gifts of the Spirit, and not the Giver. Too much on people, their talents or building teams, doing church, and the how to’s of interacting as the body of Christ. But I want to live and lead in the more excellent way, loving people genuinely – whether they receive Christ or not, whether they serve the church or not – whether they give money or not.
I too, slip into the traps of “The How Many’s.” How many came to church? How many received Christ? Even the “How did the ‘SERVICE’ go? Not bad or wrong questions – but I think there are more important questions. Maybe one of the questions I should ask my heart is – “How’s my love for God and people? Am I loving God well, through what I’m doing for Him? Am I making disciples or converts?” Help Lord!
Have mercy on me O God…again! I do thank You for Your supernatural grace and love for me. That you don’t pick on my performance and the “how to’s and how many’s” of “my ministry!” I know there’s an accountability I have to You in all of these things…but please, always help me to choose the more excellent way of love…for You, in You, through You – to people!