“But Wait, There’s More!” (1 Corinthians 12:31)

“And you can purchase this kitchen device for the low, low price of $24.95!”

“But wait, there’s more!”

There is always more!

We have all heard and/or viewed these infomercials. Annoying or cloying, all are designed to capture our attention. And if the initial catch phrases are not enough, there is always this teaser at the end! Even if I am chagrined to admit it, I do listen because I want to know what’s more!

Regardless of one’s religious background, most are familiar with the Apostle Paul’s great masterpiece on love, recorded in 1 Corinthians 13. Many have this chapter displayed in homes or read selected passages at their weddings, as we did! Some consider it the finest definition of love, a soaring prose from Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit. In fact, some choose only to read this chapter from the entire book of 1 Corinthians, ignoring the other chapters, and indeed, it is easy to overlook the verses preceding this beautiful chapter; but splendor leads to beauty! 

But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV)

In chapter 12, Paul expounds upon the gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows upon all believers in Jesus Christ. He masterfully illustrates the grace and mercy of God by nurturing the members of the Church, the Body of Jesus Christ, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are what make us unique in the eyes of God. How could there be anything greater than this? 

But wait, there’s more!

God is about to show us a still more excellent way! 

He captures our attention with the incomparable gifts of the Holy Spirit, and then closes the deal with something even more astounding, His unending and perfect Love!

Indeed, with God, the best is always yet to come!

Amen!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life. 

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