Wednesday March 29th: Using Your Gifts to Edify (Build Up) Christ

Today I read Judges 6-7, 1 Corinthians 14 and Psalm 52. It’s so hard to choose one verse to focus on, but today God really showed me exactly what He wanted me to learn today. 

Build Up
S: 1 Corinthians 14 (v 12) 1-25 NIV

 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

(NLT words it “and the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. 

NKJV words it Even so you, since you are zealous {eager} for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification {building up} of the church that you seek to excel.)
13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written:
“With other tongues

    and through the lips of foreigners

I will speak to this people,

    but even then they will not listen to me,

says the Lord.”

22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

*NIV, NLT, and NKJV are abbreviations for translation of the Bible. Read more about the differences here

O:Observation 

 Paul is speaking to the new Christian church in Corinth and addressing the Spieitual Gifts. He specifically is addressing how to use individual spiritual gifts. 

A: Application 

Paul reminds me 2 important things. 1) Spiritual gifts are for building up the church of Christ 2) all spiritual gifts are individual and critical to the body of the church. 

P: Prayer 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Thank you for spiritual gifts. Help us to discern where you have gifted us. Show us the opportunities to take action to use our gifts. Let us not compare spiritual gifts or become proud in our gifts we have been given by you. Let our gifts be used to build up others and glorify you. Let us praise you in everything we do. Let our spiritual gifts be a light to the unbelieving world to see that we have a hope and faith that is worth chasing. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen 

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