The More Excellent Way
However, not all the signs of the Kingdom are equal. Remember, like the Corinthians, we may experience the supernatural, but still be called upwards to the more 'excellent way' (1Cor 12:31). As necessary as they are, even some of the supernatural signs of the Kingdom (the gifts and operations of the Spirit) can sometimes distract from the main play—from the Giver himself.
As the descendants of Greek culture, the West is prone to the Corinthian distraction with gifts and super-apostles, with charisma and personality, looking only on the surface of things and taking pride in what is seen, rather than what is in the heart (2 Cor 10:7; 5:12). Nevertheless, through the sound of competing voices, through the crazed crowd of celebrity Christians, there is another sound being heard and it is the sound of heaven; of deep calling to deep; of the heart of God calling to the hearts of men and of our hearts burning within us: When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." (Ps 27:8).