1 Corinthians 12:29-31
1Co 12:29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not ministering miracles, are they?
1Co 12:30 All do not have gifts of healing, do they? All do not speak in other languages, do they? All do not translate, do they?
1Co 12:31 But you should be seeking to offer these greater gifts. And I will show you a way to be even more effective.
great, greater, even greater
The Corinthian Christians had experienced a great beginning, with the apostle Paul himself as their founding missionary (9:11). They had a team of leaders within their churches who were exercising the missions gifts, which Paul described as even greater gifts, making the church better at reproducing (12:31). But the apostle is now ready to disclose one of his ways in Christ (4:17), which has the potential to make the whole church even more effective. The church had begun to idolise their leaders with missions gifts. Paul told them they should continue to seek to offer those gifts to God, but there is something even greater that all the Christians can give which will top even those gifts (13:13). They can all give love.
LORD, thank you that in your wisdom, you have given us all the most effective means of worshipping you and demonstrating your presence. Thank you for the gift of love.