What is your purpose? ( I Corinthians 14)

26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. I Corinthians 14:26

Question: “Why do you attend church?”  The obvious answer would be, “to worship God.”  Wow, this is a great spiritual answer, but be honest, why do you attend church?  What is your purpose?

As Paul continues to address the church at Corinth we understand he is continuing his Holy Spirit directed teaching concerning the proper use of spiritual gifts.  In yesterdays study we focused on the imperative of love governing the use of our gifts.  Paul begins chapter 14 with the following direct commands:

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 

As one pursues love he or she is in the correct position to exercise the use of spiritual gifts.  Notice the one gift Paul emphasises, the gift of prophesy. This gift is given by God for the purpose of giving forth the truth of God’s Word.  Be assured, Paul is not anti-tongues.  Paul is sold out to the purpose of “building up the church.”  This is the reason why we attend church.

Our passionate love is for God, so we worship God in His house.  This is building up the church.  our passionate love is for God, so we work in God’s house.  This is why we seek to prophesy so that we are equipped to do the work of the ministry which has as its aim the glory of God among the nations.

If we fail to keep our purpose in front of our thinking we will engage in useless activity that never equips the saints nor evangelise the sinner.  This very day I want my life to glorify God’s purpose.  So I pray not to speak in an unknown tongue, but to speak with my tongue the Word of God so that men, women, and boys and girls would come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Fullfill your purpose today!!!

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