Covet Earnestly the Best Gifts
Anytime someone expounds on the scripture what you are being taught is opinion and only opinion.
Their teaching may be right on but to make sure for yourself, you need to study it out.
Now to my opinion on the scripture below.
1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.
Paul after saying this goes on and says love must be part and parcel of any and all of the gifts. He says without love the gifts are meaningless. That certainly elevates love to the highest pinnacle of the Christian experience.
As good as that is it isn't what I want to address.
The first six words of the scripture above have an important meaning of their own when linked together as they are. Study each of the words and let the full meaning of each as used here soak in till you feel their importance.
For instance the word "But." The word can have many uses but here it seems to indicate regardless of what I just said.
But seek, do not be passive concerning the gifts of the Spirit.
Covet, desire taken to it's highest level. Go after them and be a candidate for the Holy Spirit to use the gift through.
Earnestly, give it all you have. Don't hold anything back in your pursuit. The, Specifically speaking not randomly.
Best, only GOD knows which is considered to be the best gift but the one that is apropos to the moment would rank high with me.
Gift, GODS endowment for service.
Now it's your turn to analyze these words. There is an intimate relationship between the one endowed with one or more gifts, for you, the gift and the Holy Spirit are all working in harmony to accomplish GOD'S will in a matter.
Along with Paul I encourage you to: " But covet earnestly the best gifts" for it brings you into a more intimate relationship with GOD than you can experience any other way!