Choosing Gifts

Loutzenhiser's picture

1Co 14:11 But if I don't understand the language that someone is using, we will be like foreigners to each other.
1Co 14:12 If you really want spiritual gifts, choose the ones that will be most helpful to the church.
1Co 14:13 When we speak languages that others don't know, we should pray for the power to explain what we mean.

The word choose is G2212
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life): - be (go) about, desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require, (X will) seek (after, for, means). Compare G4441.

As I understand this verse I can choose the spiritul gifts I want and since i see no exclusion that would include tongues. so then if I can choose my gifts what does that say for tongues being a sign of salvation? How then do we respond to the brother that says he has no spiritual gift from God? Can we choose to be healers? what spiritual gift did you choose?

michael_legna's picture

But no where does it say it is a requirement

Luke 735 said -
Paul’s desire is that we would learn to master all gifts.

1COR 1: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

His desire, but not necessarily a desire that will be fulfilled since scripture asks us in a rhetorical manner -

1 Cor 12:29-31 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.

Luke 735 said
Using the voice gifts is an act of faith... as is all the gifts.
Using the voice gifts is an act of love
Using the voice gifts is an act of edification.

But no where does it say using the voice gifts are a requirement.