God's Glory: Priorities


Which gifts has God given you? Do you prioritize building up the faith of everyone?


Father, let the beauty of Your life shine through Your church as we seek You.


1 CORINTHIANS 12:21-31


Which gifts has God given you?

By listing roles undertaken in the church (28), Paul develops the theme that every member of the church makes up the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians, apostles (28) are those who have seen the Lord (9:1; 15:5-9; see also Acts 1:21,22). Then there are those with a prophetic ministry who speak an inspired word to build up faith in specific pastoral situations, followed by teachers who pass on the traditions, as Paul has done (12:2,17). Subsequent gifts are important evidences of God at work. In this letter, speaking in tongues may come last because of the "spiritual elitism" tongues had caused in Corinth. But all of these gifts are valuable. For any church to function properly, we need each other, since no one person has been given all these gifts.

What is more, Paul commands the Corinthians to make it a priority to seek the greatest gifts--not ones that accord status but those that are for the good of everyone. The chapter division leaves us on a cliffhanger!


Do you prioritize building up the faith of everyone--and this really means everyone?


Lord, give Your people Your vision for unity and allow us to reflect You to the world.

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