1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) 1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
V12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
V40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
In keeping with God’s design, the Gifts of the Spirit are to function within the lives of Born Again believers in accordance to a very particular order. The Gifts were never meant to function as an island unto themselves, nor are they to be worn as a badge of honor, announcing that the person has now arrived to a heightened state of Spiritual maturity. In fact, as a person begins to grow deeper into allowing the Spirit to flow through them, the more humble and selfless they become. More of Him and less of us. Yes, eagerly desire the gifts to be manifest in you, but allow the love of Christ to be your true north, always pointing you in the right direction. And…this is a biggy…we eagerly desire manifestations (v12) because we want to see the church strengthened. It’s not about being seen as someone spiritual or becoming a hotshot for Jesus, it becomes more about being a blessing to the church and world around us, then about us being made famous.