1 Corinthians 12:10 – To another, various kinds of tongues.
The subject of tongues and prophecy are at the heart of this part of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. The gift of tongues was being misused in the corporate gatherings. The purpose for the gift was to convince the unbelieving foreigner, in their own language, their need of salvation. Through the supernatural gift of tongues, the unbeliever was convicted and won to Christ. If believers were speaking in tongues at the same time in church gatherings, it brought confusion to both unbelievers and other believers. Read 1 Corinthians 14 for a complete discussion of the matter. Paul wanted believers to understand that this gift is specifically for the common good. Many are confused about this gift and have a tendency to neglect its importance to the body of Christ.
In the fourteenth chapter, Paul made a distinction between the gift given for utterance in the meeting place and the practical use of tongues in the believer’s personal life. In our devotional today, I want us to think about Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues.” I know that not all spoke in tongues, for if they did, Paul would not have needed to wish that all did. Paul explained that for tongues to edify, the language must be interpreted. Paul wrote, “If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (1 Corinthians 14:14). Paul went on to say in verse 15, “What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with my mind also.” Do not set your natural mind against your spirit. Both need to make expression to God, whether by prayer or by worship. The Lord has given this wonderful gift of tongues so our spirits, as well as our minds, may pray and worship our Lord. It is very helpful to be able to express our worship and prayers with our natural mind as well as our spirit.
If you have not received the “gift of tongues” from the Holy Spirit, why not simply ask Him now? Continue to ask with the view toward being strengthened in your prayer life and worship to the Lord. It will not make you more spiritual. It is added grace to help you pursue your relationship with the Lord.