Today’s passage read like a sandwich to me. It begins and ends with an exhortation; stuffed in between is a lot of meat. I have to confess that my hunger might have had a little to do with the observation, but here’s what I read:
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, ..., try to excel in those that build up the church.
I thought of several people when I read these words.
I thought of the young dad that is taking time every Sunday evening to hang out and share his life with the youth of our Church; mentoring them and demonstrating to them how to walk in the way of love.
I thought of the middle-age mom that in the midst of juggling family and career is choosing to exercise her gifts of administration and leadership for our church; helping us to navigate the difficult and complicated path of ministry in our community.
I though of the youth that is sharing their gift of music and helping us glorify God through song; allowing us to catch a small glimpse of heavenly praise.
Building up the church sounds like a daunting task because it is a daunting task. That’s why God gifts each of us in specific ways and then gives us opportunities to use and exercise those gifts. When we choose to exercise those gifts and let God work through us we can help build up that piece of the church that we touch.
Now, that’s a sandwich that I can sink my teeth into!