1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV): 14Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talked about how different members of the body all work together. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul explained that love is the greatest of all things.
Now in 1 Corinthians 14, Paul applies this teaching, encouraging the believers to seek spiritual gifts, but not for personal glory, but for the praise of God and the good of one another.
We know we should pursue love, but how often are we challenged to desire spiritual gifts? Our passion should be to serve one another in Christ’s name. Spiritual gifts enable us to be more effective. But our motive should be service, not self-seeking.
Heavenly Father, may I be used of you in service to others. Give me the tools – the spiritual gifts – and whatever else is useful to bring you glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.