Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 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. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 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.
Verses for Meditation: – Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. – Isaiah 26:8-9
Devotional: Desire gets a bad rap in many American churches. Desire leads to sin, so many believe. But God disagrees. He wants us to eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit. It seems God wants more of our desire, not less of it. C.S. Lewis states it well in The Weight of Glory: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
God wants to pull out of us so much desire that we will not settle for anything less than His very presence and the good gifts he longs to give us. Gifts like prophecy. Gifts that can strengthen, encourage and comfort His people.
So desire more, not less. Don’t settle for anything but God and His gifts.
Question to Consider: In what ways are you too easily pleased in your walk with Jesus? Ask God to give you greater desire for Him and his gifts.