“But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31).

Like the gift of eternal life, our spiritual gift/s are but the offerings of God’s grace; they are not earned or deserved. God’s gifts are but a means of discovering a more excellent way of approaching and living life—in service to the body of Christ. Discovering the joy that comes with this kind of life creates a longing for even greater gifts; that we might be of even greater service. The excellent way He has set before us is a race with no finish line.

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