January 17, 2021

Opening Prayer:
Gracious God, We are living in a world that seems to show less and less love. Let us,
as the Body of Christ, show more. Let us be people of love in our words and in our
actions. Let the world see the greater gifts in us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Scripture Readings:
Monday         I Corinthians 12:1-6
Tuesday         I Corinthians 12:7-11
Wednesday I Corinthians 12:12-20
Thursday        I Corinthians 12:21-26
Friday              I Corinthians 13:1-13
Saturday        John 14:10-13

Pursuing love and desiring spiritual gifts are not disconnected. These gifts are given to the
church to help us love one another. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul explains that each Christian is a
unique member of Christ’s body and therefore each has a unique function and receives unique
gifts that benefits the “common good” of the body (1 Corinthians 12:7, 12, 29–30).
The Spirit doesn’t give us gifts in order that each of us gets our self-important moment in the
spotlight. He gives us gifts so that for the greater glory of Christ we are able to pursue love
through serving one another. This way no one is to think that he is not needed or that he doesn’t
need anyone else (1 Corinthians 12:15, 21). The more honorable members have no place to boast
and the less honorable members have no place for shame (1 Corinthians 12:22–26).
Love is the aim of the spiritual gifts. It is possible to possess and exercise impressive spiritual
gifts without love. If we do, we are “nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2). Jon Bloom