“So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.” – 1 Corinthians 14:9
Going to church should not feel like a mysterious place for anyone. It should be the most comfortable place, don’t you think? It should be a place where people can come and hear a message that is simple to understand, like Paul says here.
The Apostle Paul, in chapter 14, is addressing prophecy and speaking in tongues. Prophecy here, is speaking about future events and revelation. Tongues is speaking about a spiritual gift that is given to Christ followers to praise God in a different language. The church in Corinth was using the gift improperly and Paul is addressing that here.
There is to be order in the church. We go to a church service to hear from God. Messages have been given through the Bible by men directly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Today, men called by God interpret what has been written by going verse by verse, chapter by chapter, as designed, to know the full counsel of God. Why? So we know how to walk with Jesus. So we know His promises and how much He loves us and what He wants for us.
If we do not have order in the church and if there is just worship and a positive “message”, that is just fluff. We need to hear God’s word taught “line upon line, precept upon precept.” Not only that, it should be done in a simple manner where everyone can reach it. Why? So everyone is edified, encouraged and built up in the faith. Church should not be for the “Super Spiritual” but for the common person.
As you pray for your spiritual gift, take the words of Paul to heart where he says, “pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” Why? Because it is not a gift just for you but a gift that will bless and build up others too.
“Christians should be grateful to God for the gift of his written Word, and conscientious in basing their faith and life entirely and exclusively upon it. Otherwise, we cannot ever honor or please him as he calls us to do.” – J.I. Packer