VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

I CORINTHIANS 12:31

 

But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

 

THOSE FAMILIAR WITH GOD’S WORD WILL RECALL VERY QUICKLY THAT IN THE VERY NEXT CHAPTER (13) PAUL CLEARLY IDENTIFIES WHAT IS “THE GREATEST OF ALL” WHEN HE STATES THAT HE COULD HAVE ALL MANNER OF COMBINATIONS OF ALL THE OTHER GIFTS, BUT IF I “have not love, I am nothing.”

SO WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY SAYING, “YET I SHOW YOU A MORE EXCELLENT WAY”?

HE HAS JUST FINISHED LECTURING ON LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE – SEEING HOW ALL THE PARTS FIT TOGETHER TO MAKE A COMPLETE WHOLE. AT THE CORE IS THE CONCEPT OF UNITY, FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT “PARTS,” INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WITH ALL VARYING GIFTS, COMBINE TO MAKE A COMPLETE WHOLE. 

NO MATTER HOW MANY “GIFTS” ANY PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL MAY POSSESS, THE “MORE EXCELLENT WAY” IS THE UNION OF ALL THE GIFTS AND INDIVIDUALS WHICH BRING  “SYNERGY” TO THE COLLECTIVE WHOLE – i.e., THE POTENTIAL POWER OF THE UNITED WHOLE IS MUCH GREATER THAN THE SIMPLE ADDITIVE OF ANY NUMBER OF SEPARATE COMPONENT PARTS.

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