1 Corinthians 13:4-8-“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up."
Paul was speaking to the people of Corinth about speaking in tongues and prophesying. Pursuant to all of his prompting and encouragement, I love the summary and conclusion that whatever we do when we come together, that it should be for the building up of the church which is God’s people. It wasn’t meant to prop anyone up or bring notoriety as some sought, but instead to bring inspiration and revelation to God’s word and will.
This scripture resonates with me in recognizing how the Lord speaks to us all through worship, the word, revelation, and tongues, and interpretation. Sometimes, we who have the honor and privilege of serving in ministry and often on a platform or the pulpit can sometimes seek or attempt to take the glory which is the Lord’s. A wise pastor once said that the fall of men in ministry often involves their pride. Thus, recognizing what God has availed to us all, what we do in worship, preaching, serving, and sharing, should be done to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and build up His church. When there are applause and acknowledgment, it should be His and not ours. So to, we should be able to recognize God’s voice and therefore be doers, not only hearers of the word. When we seek to make Jesus first and not ourselves, He can transform our hearts so that we will see the world and people the way that He calls us to and subsequently build the church in loving, caring, serving, and sharing.
Dear Lord, as you have called me and others into serving you, I pray that I will serve and lead to building up your church, recognizing it is all about you and your business, not mine. Furthermore, I pray that what you guide me to do and accomplish will be for the building up of your church. May I step out of the way and not seek any personal glory, but instead glorify you.