Let Me Show You A Better Way
Have you wondered about what your spiritual gifts are? When thinking about this topic, I was reminded of a particular scripture, "Let Me show you a better way." (1 Corinthians 12:31)
Prior to "showing us a better way", 1 Corinthians 12 lists (verse 8-11) some of the spiritual gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit to believers. There are gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gift of faith, healing, works of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation of tongues. The gifts don't stop there. There are gifts of generosity, gifts of serving, teaching, encouragement, and more.(Romans 12:6-8)
There's great news about these gifts and their use. First, all of God works through all the gifts by the power of the Holy Spirt. Secondly, the gifts are to be used to profit all believers. Thirdly, no one and their gifts is more important than anyone else - every gift is valuable!
At this point, you may be wondering about your gifts. "But let me show you a better way". Everyone in the body of Christ has access to the most important gift. On this one gift hangs all of the commandments. This is the gift of love.
Why is the gift of love so important? If the use of any gift isn't rooted in love, the gift is worth little, to no value. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
While it is important that we know what our gifts are and that we use them to help strengthen the body of Christ, lets be sure that first and foremost we are exercising the most important gift- the gift of love. This is the better way!
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV