‘Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.’ — 1 Corinthians 14:12
It is no secret that the Corinthians church had problems. The root cause of most of their problems seemed to be pride and a lack of love, which are really two sides of the same coin.
As they repented of their pride and worked on loving one another more, they would then begin to focus on how they could be a blessing and encouragement to one another. They would begin to want spiritual gifts not for what they would do for their own experience but instead what they could for the whole church.
Each member of the church, if they have the right attitude, will want to be a blessing to other members. They will want to edify, to exhort, and to comfort (1 Cor 14:3). They will want to do something that will be a blessing to everyone else in the body.
So, let us ask ourselves a few questions:
- How much do we care about the wellbeing of the entire church and of the other members?
- How has God gifted us so that we can contribute something that will be a blessing to the other members?
- What else might God want us to do that could edify the entire church?
Our goal as church members ought to be the glory of God and, in love, the building up of the other members.