29 Mar Kyle’s Bible Journal Mar 26-April 1
1 Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
There are a couple parts to this passage that really jump out at me. The first thing that jumps out is the phrase “each of you”. Paul doesn’t qualify “each of you that is mature” or “each of you that is anointed” or “each of you that the elders have laid their hands on”. It’s simply “each of you”. If you’ve been saved by Jesus and are filled with His Spirit then you are now responsible to bring something to the body. Church is not a spectator sport. It’s not a lecture hall or class. It’s an interactive spiritual body building experience. When you come to church you aren’t coming only to be taught by “experts” but you are called to bring something to the body for the building up of the body. Like a spiritual potluck everyone should bring something to the table. The beautiful thing is you’re not bringing something from yourself, you’re bringing something that you got from Him. When He speaks to you through the scriptures, or in your worship, or in your prayer time, or as you’re walking through your day you are receiving something not just for yourself, but for the building up of the body.
The second part of this passage that sticks out is “Everything must be done so that the church may be built up”.
We are instructed to allow the Holy Spirit to move in our midst as He wishes, some singing, some speaking in tongues, some with a revelation or vision, some with teaching and myriad more ways that He moves. The goal is a strong body that moves in the power of the Spirit. There’s nothing magical about this, it’s very natural if you’re saved, in fact you might say it’s supernatural.
God help us to move freely with you as you fill us with your wisdom, word, power, and love. Let us be mindful of each other and seek to build up the body with the gifts that you give us.