You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you. …I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

1 Corinthians 14:12-20

It seems the things that we do must, as well as serving their purpose, must also be more than what makes us better. I love the matter of spiritual gifts and the Body of Christ. It is absolutely fascinating. It is when I see these things at work that I can appreciate the value of the local church. It is said in evangelical circles, “the church in the hope of the world”. Is this true?

I believe if we aren’t “childish in our understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.” (v20) it very well could be. These gifts that are spoken of are abilities that have power to free, to heal, to love, to produce joy and contentment, wholeness and restoration, wisdom and knowledge and peace!

I have friends that enjoy learning about the connection between animals and humans, who practice channeling and harmony excercises. People I know do yoga to “center” themselves, to experience the maximum power offered by this universe. I am encouraged by people who are open to the spiritual realm and believe that there is power – enough that they may be able to heal by touching, and communicate to understand inner feelings beyond a spoken word. A friend of mine once said to me “It’s amazing that all these things are things that Jesus did in his life and yet Christians don’t expect to experience the same.” We say Jesus lives within us, where did His power go?

While I understand that there are various realms in which to encounter power. My quest is the same – I want to know what power that Jesus has given us in which to accomplish the mission He challenges us with. To make disciples, to make the Good News known, to bring the Kingdom (as earth as it is in Heaven). Freedom. Love. Peace.

Where are you with this? ….doubting? experiencing? hoping?