“And now I will show you the most excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NIV)
How you live your life is a choice. You can remain physically alive, yet spiritually dead, or you can come alive in Christ – physically and spiritually alive! This is the miracle of regeneration! Christ in you, the hope of glory! Paul describes this quality of life as the most excellent way to live life in 1 Corinthians 12:31. The New Living Translation describes it as “a way of life that is best of all.”
Many are settling for the good life. But why settle for a good life, or even a better life, if you can have the best life of all? In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote to a conflicted church. Divisions and disagreements were disrupting their fellowship. Some were projecting a superior attitude as being more spiritual than others because of their spiritual gifts or unique roles in the church. It was obvious that they were missing the most excellent way. So, in the middle of his teaching regarding the gifts of the Spirit, Paul made a profound statement about a way of life that is best of all. It would trump the greatest gifts anyone had or could give, or the greatest service anyone may offer. It’s what they needed if they were to thrive, and what we need desperately today if we are to really come alive! It’s a quality of life that has no other explanation than Christ in you, clothing Himself with your flesh and blood and behaving through you in a way that reflects His character.
Paul devotes the entire thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians with a description of this way of life. It is called the love chapter of the Bible – the kind of love that God has lavished on us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When you read this description of love, you understand why Paul called it the most excellent way. One commentator put it like this, “Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle-working power have little effect without love. Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although people have different gifts, love is available to everyone.”
Study 1 Corinthians 13 today and ask God to fill you with His love so that you may experience a way of life that is best of all!