Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Greg smiling

Ambitious of being thought wiser, and richer, and more valuable than others; of having the preeminence in the management of all affairs, and of having honor, esteem, and popular applause from men.  This is vain glory because it is all external, with a motive to impress man and not God. This is a major problem in our churches today, we seek the more popular gifts, and in fact we do you choose our spiritual gift. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. ( 1 Corinthians 12:28) From this verse we see it is God who set the gift and enables those whom He sets in the Church to administer the gift that God gives them. We have to get up daily and commit our service to God doing what He ask and not doing what would bring us glory from men. What we do and what we carry out is by the Grace of God, and all glory goes to Him.  If we are provoking one another a flag should go up,  that we may be seeking self  edification. We have people teaching when they do not have the gift of teaching. It may be the churches fault because they put people in position and do not wait on the Lord. God knows the needs of His churches, and will supply the gifts for the position. Be content with where you are in the body and be not desirous of the more showy gifts. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. Lets not forget Galatians 5:22, that we follow the Spirit in all Godliness, and exhort one another as we see the day approaching.

Gregory Lane