Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen


Today's Life Journal Bible readingJob 39,40; 1 Corinthians 13,14

“…now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 13:13; 14:1

The DNA of Christ’s kingdom is faith, hope, and love. This fruit of the Holy Spirit’s transforming work and presence in our lives will remain. The growth of this kingdom DNA is not automatic, but requires choices every day to walk on God’s path of love. There are other paths we can choose, and other qualities we can cultivate that will not remain. Spiritual gifts also involve choice. We are called to eagerly desire spiritual gifts because some choose to avoid spiritual gifts because of their misuse. The answer to misuse is not non-use, but right use. The gift of prophecy is most often expressed as forth-telling, knowing what God is saying in the moment or situation. We then must choose whether we will listen and obey. Both fruit and gifts require choice.
What is our choice today?

Lord Jesus, I choose to walk in your way of love and take risks to grow in the use of spiritual gifts, for your glory.