Today’s Scripture: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

There was a lady driving to the local preschool to drop off her daughter. On the way, she noticed her daughter picking up her stethoscope and putting it on. The proud mother started to think, “Wow! My daughter wants to follow my footsteps and be a physician.”

Then she noticed her precious daughter holding the other end of the stethoscope to her mouth saying, “Hello, this is McDonalds, can I take your order?”

That young girl still thought as a child. It is perfectly fine because she is a child. However, if you, as an adult, still think as a child then something’s wrong. That is the example Paul used when explaining the roles of spiritual gifts to the Corinthians. The Corinthians wanted the gifts of tongues and prophecy, but in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul explains that faith, hope, and especially love are gifts that are far more important.

Wanting to speak in tongues more than these characteristics is like desiring to work at McDonalds over being a physician. There is a place for drive-through attendees, but doctors are far more needed in people’s lives. There was a place for the sign gifts, but the gifts still available today are still needed. Furthermore, the characteristics faith, hope, and love are even more important, and everyone ought to desire these.

Don’t get caught up desiring recognition from others for your gifts. Remember what is truly important, and don’t forget that love “vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own….” (1 Corinthians 13:4b‑5a)

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.