What are we becoming (I Corinthians 13-16)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. I Cor. 13:1

He seemed to be gaining more and more of a following.  Each night as he taught the Bible the crowds kept getting larger and larger.  Before long he was now on TV.  The money began to pour in.  Within two years, a world-wide TV audience was established.  But a few years later James Baker fell in one of the largest scandals of our day.  One board member commented, “it seemed as if the lights and applause of others changed our leader.”

As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, it seems that they were a church that had changed over the years.  When Paul established the church, God blessed the church to have every spiritual gift, 1:7.  But the church was no longer profiting from the gifts.  They were jealous of others who had different gifts, they were abusing the gifts, and they were missing the blessing of how God intended for them to serve.

Is it possible for Christians to get off course as they grow in knowledge and in giftedness?  I Corinthians 13 answers the question with “yes.”  This chapter also directs us how to stay on course.  Here is how to stay on course to become one who profits for God’s glory:

  • Gifts are only effective in the life of the one who loves the Lord.

If this is you, you are exercising your gifts for God’s glory, 10:31.  You are equipping the church for God’s glory, 14:11. and you are reaching a lost and dying world by using your gift as a tool for the gospel, 14:24-25.

  • Gifts are only effective in the life of the one who loves others.

If you and I are loving others we teach with a patient heart.  We encourage others as they use their gifts for God’s glory.  We minister out of a love that wants others to grow to maturity in Christ.

I wonder, what are you and I becoming?  I believe God has called us to become people of faith, hope, and love!!!  If love is first the others will come.


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