After the wedding yesterday, I was struck by Bishop Curry’s sermon, like many were. But my take was a bit different, as you might expect by now. I was reading in I Corinthians this morning and was struck by the concept: Earnestly desire spiritual gifts especially prophecy. More than that Paul expected us to recognize the necessity of prophecy. In fact, as usual, he makes it personal.
Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. I Cor 14:1 RSV
Your goal remains love—always. But we are to seek the nine gifts listed in chapter 12. However, Paul states clearly that the most necessary charism is prophecy. Miracles and healings get most of the attention by the world and babes in the Messiah. The truly important gifts are those where the Holy Spirit speaks to His people.
Earnestly desire spiritual gifts especially prophecy
Yes, our aim remains agape love—not eros or philia. But, Paul charges us to seriously and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts. They remain critically important, especially in the midst of our current lack of truthfulness in our culture.
We need discernment simply to know who’s telling us what. I find that functioning day to day constantly requires the knowledge and wisdom gifts. When I misplace something, ask the Lord for help, and watch my eye move to look directly at the missing item—that’s a word of knowledge from within my spirit.
However, the focus of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the body of the Messiah
In that context, the ability to prophesy [allowing the Lord to speak through you] critically helps in the edification of any meeting. Whether the group is two or three gathered [as in a married pair seeking the Lord] or thousands in a large hall, we truly need to hear the Lord’s voice as we draw near to the end. This will be even more important as the Bible becomes illegal. Maranatha!