1 Corinthians 14:12 – Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

All spiritual gifts are meant for the edification of the church, so this must be your aim in which you desire to excel. Notice that Paul never discourages the eagerness for spiritual gifts, but seeks to guide and instruct so that in the use of these gifts they will reach the highest goal and make the greatest impact. Spiritual gifts are for the benefit of others.


Wouldn’t it be nice if putting others first came naturally? That being said, your challenge this week is to use your God given abilities, as much as you can, to bless the lives of others. Take a moment and ask yourself this question “Who do I know that has the greatest need that God can meet through my life, my resources or my capabilities?” Keep this in mind, that person may not necessarily be someone you know personally. Now, make a plan to meet that need and see how God will use you today.