SUNDAY June 24, 2018
Zealous for Spiritual Gifts
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
1 Corinthians 14:12
Notice the problem in the Corinthian Church. They were zealous for spiritual gifts, but there was no order. Paul exhorted them because their priority was to use the gifts that edified the body of Christ.
God has gifted me with the gift of exhortation. When I exhort God’s people, it is because I see what is going on in the Church. Pastor Romaine, Chuck Smith’s assistant pastor, also had the gift of exhortation. He would often say things that people did not like to hear, but he was right.
Honestly, when people keep going to different counselors, it is usually because they really want to hear what they want to hear. Most people will not do what a pastor or fellow brother or sister in Christ has advised them to do through God’s Word; they usually want to do their own thing.
It is important for believers to learn to listen for the Lord’s voice, through reading the Word of God. But if they are not in God’s Word, how can they listen to God’s voice?
If people come to you for counsel, always point them back to the Lord–– to the cross of Jesus Christ. Do we think we have the wisdom to tell people what to do? Are we greater than God? We are not. The Prophet Isaiah tells us:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
In a difficult situation, there are mature believers who will listen to the Holy Spirit. They will read God’s Word, pray and wait. They will do what God’s Word says. Then they will come back and tell our pastors that it worked. If we really put God’s Word into practice, we will find the solution to our problems.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever…