1 Corinthians 12:31
English Standard Version (ESV)
31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
I have been desiring the gift of speaking in tongues for the purpose of private prayer and intimacy with God but I have not been able to fully walk in this gift. Today I was reminded through the word that tongues is just one of the gifts of The Spirit along with wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, prophesy, and discerning of spirits. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 The Word tells us to earnestly desire the higher gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:31 I was thinking that this is not something that I had been taught through the church and then the Lord quickly reminded me that although the church does have some responsibility to teach us things of the Lord the ultimate responsibility lies on myself. As a believer I am called to be a scholar of God’s word. This does not mean that I need a seminary degree but it does mean that I am called to spend time in God’s word from Genesis to Revelation. Receiving the gifts of The Spirit may be unfamiliar to you but we can not deny God’s word that says to earnestly desire higher gifts. I want ALL that God has for me so I am fervently praying and seeking God for the gifts He has chosen for me. I pray that you will ponder and consider all that God has for you as well.