5.31.17 – 1 Cor 14:19

A few years back while working in Commercial Sales for TruGreen. I had a fairly tight knit group of guys I worked with. When one of us had a particularly good sales week and/or month it was generally brought up by our VP of Sales. The others would then “dog pile” on the acclaimed Sales Manager. One of our favorite jabs was the phrase, “look at me”. As in, “look at me, I’m the sales king”, parading around so that everyone knows it. It was all in good fun but it brings up the subject of our motivation for doing what we do. Is it nice to be recognized for doing a good job? You betcha! But if your only motivation is being recognized, you’re probably not going to be content on a regular basis.
Such was the subject of Paul’s discussion on speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians 14. It seems that the Corinthians loved to hear them selves babble on with seemingly no other purpose than being recognized for having this spiritual gift. Paul clearly states that such a gift should be revered and used in public worship when appropriate but generally speaking, this is something reserved for time alone with God. Here he points out much the same thing Jesus did with the Pharisees in Matthew 23, “if you’re doing this for show, you might as well not be doing it.”
So how does this relate to us? In terms of your time with God are you earnest in your worship or is God your safety net when all else fails? Are you attending church to be seen or are you truly seeking a lasting relationship with God? Our only motivation, our greatest hope in our time with God should be that when people do, “look at me”, they see and want to know Him.
1 Corinthians 14:19 – Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.