Wow, its December already and only one month left to go; time has gone fast!
The first part of 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” We (plural) are the body of Christ and we are one. If the church was just a social club or a meeting place then 1 Cor. 12:26 wouldn't be true. God has placed His Spirit in us (plural) and gifted and empowered us in different ways. When one person suffers, the whole body is suffering; we need to always see things with this truth. The verse goes on to say, “if one member is honored, all the members rejoice.” When we see ourselves as one, we can rejoice in another member’s victory as easily as we do our own.
He says in 1 Corinthians 12:31, “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” Take a close look at the words, “and yet I show you a more excellent way;” to only “earnestly desire the best gifts” is in direct disagreement to the verse. It’s not that we don’t want the gifts of the Spirit; we should desire them, but desire them out of love for others. The gifts are not to be seen or to validate us; they are given to the body of Christ because God wants us blessed to be a blessing. When we are truly operating in God’s love, we don’t care who the gifts come through; we just want the gifts to operate that people will be helped, healed, saved and delivered. Paul clarifies the point further in 1 Corinthians 14:1 saying, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,” and in verse 12 he says, “since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan