Wednesday: 19th September, 2018
Reference text: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
In years past, the prognosis for many cancers was nothing to write home about with many people seeing a diagnosis as a definite ‘death sentence’. However, over time, there have been such improvements in therapies, surgical interventions and medication that some patients make near perfect recovery after treatment. Even so, more research is being carried out in a bid to answer the question ‘how can we get better at this?’
I don’t know how this sounds in your ears but: ‘good is good, better is better than good and though best ranks above better; excellent sits on top’. At least logically, that ought to be the order. However in this letter, Saint Paul seems to have identified something beyond just excellent: ‘a way that was more excellent’.Therefore, even though the people of Corinth were encouraged to desire the ‘best gifts’, they were made aware that there was another rung to take them beyond ‘best’ on their way up the ladder.
This gives an idea of the contrast that can exist between our actual potential and our perceived potential. I can’t tell much about you, but you may have lived well, done a lot of things better and even in some cases, been the best at some other things. Nonetheless, the fact that there is a ‘more excellent way’ gives the indication that there always is more on offer.
Sweetheart, there is more to be gained, more to be learnt and even more to experience. In this regard, not only do I make reference to our natural walk alongside others, but also our walk with God, which surely transcends the natural. So my dear, we cannot just become comfortable at where we are even if we are called the ‘best’ because there is ‘more’ than that available.
Remember # don’t be cajoled into accepting where you stand because there is capacity in you for more.