Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it…Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:27, 29–31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – My sense is that we tend to desire, perhaps even envy, the gifts that others have. But when Paul says, “eagerly desire the greater gifts,” it could mean nothing more than to desire the gifts that God has gifted you with. As Paul wrote earlier in this passage, the diversity of the parts of the body are necessary in order for the body to function properly. When we pursue the giftedness of others to the neglect of our own, we are harming the proper functioning of the body.
My Advice – The giftedness that God has blessed you with is the giftedness He intends for you. When you do not use a gift that someone has specifically picked out for you, what message does that send? You may have the hands to play “shortstop,” but not the range. To insist on playing shortstop, you actually harm the team. Be a team player, and play the position that the “coach” has placed you in.