March - 13 - Wednesday

Since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
1 Corinthians 14:12

Whoever is zealous for spiritual gifts should never lose sight of the purpose of these gifts: the edification of the Church. The Corinthians had no lack of gifts; however, their condition was not to the Lord’s glory. This was partly due to the fact that they did not make proper use of their gifts.

When believers gather together to hear the Word of God, the Spirit of God always has their edification in mind. The Lord does not give a gift to spotlight individuals, but for their “profit” (1 Corinthians 12, 7), and the blessing and spiritual growth of others. Edification comprises all that serves to deepen our grasp of the truth and draw believers nearer to the Lord Jesus. Any ministry that strengthens our faith, increases our knowledge of God’s will, comforts our hearts or affects our conscience is edification. The purpose is that “we … may grow up in all things into him who is the head – Christ” (Ephesians 4, 15). To achieve this purpose the gifts must be used under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to the glorification of the Lord.

The edification of the Church means much to God. This can be seen in the detailed exposition that Paul gave the Corinthians in chapters 12 - 14. What a blessing it is when all sense their responsibility and serve their fellow brethren with what the Lord has given them, and do not bury their talent in the ground (Matthew 25, 18), but minister to the edification of the Church with their own gift.