The key word in 1 Corinthians 14 is “edification.” Love should have made the disciples desire those gifts which had the greatest capacity spiritually to strengthen their brothers and sisters. Instead, they preferred the gift of tongues, with which they could be more evident and feel more important.
It is the same for you. If you do not speak clearly with your tongue, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air.
1 Corinthians 14.9 NET
When the Christians in Corinth used the gift of tongues, no one understood anything, for the languages were not spoken among them. They were little more than noise without meaning and helped no one. So the Corinthians frustrated God’s purpose for the gifts.
It is possible to use God’s gifts in such a way that they fail to serve Christ’s body and God’s mission.
Father, cultivate love in me so that my service may actually help others and contribute to the gospel’s progress.
Hold this thought: God gives gifts for the good of Christ’s body, not for personal advantage.