Desire Spiritual Gifts

by Scarlett Stough

The Holy Spirit is given to those who eagerly desire the spiritual gifts God wants to give us.

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:1

But those gifts have a purpose: “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort” (1 Corinthians 14:3).

Jesus gave this instruction to us:

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:9-13

Once received, the spiritual gifts are meant to be used for the good of others to honor God who gives those gifts.

Speaking the words of God (prophesy) is not the only spiritual gift. The Church, the body of Christ, is made up of many members scattered throughout the world. The spiritual gifts are spread throughout the body of Christ meant to be used for the good of others.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31a

Everyone can do something for the good of others. The most important of all the gifts is that of love (1 Corinthians 13:13), valuing a person simply for being loved by God. Love is expressed by meeting needs as we have the means and the opportunity (1 John 3:16-18; 4:7, 16-21). God is love. If we are to mature into his likeness, we also love. Granted as human beings the love we have is not complete as God’s love is, but we can ask for that gift and grow in the capacity to express it.