“And now I will show you the most excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NIV)
What is the most excellent way to live life? 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 is writing to a conflicted church. Divisions and disagreements were disrupting their fellowship. Some were projecting a superior attitude as 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 makes 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 live our best life!
Paul dedicates the entire thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians to it. It is love – 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 get 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.”
Review 1 Corinthians 13 today and ask God to fill you with His love that you may experience the most excellent way to live life!