What’s Your Gift?

Key Texts: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

One of the most important Scripture passages to study, especially during the Season of Pentecost, is this one from the Apostle Paul’s correspondence to the Corinthian believers.

It is, technically speaking, not a question at all but a statement.

Still, I think it asks a very important question of us all: “What’s your gift?”

By gift, I mean spiritual gift of course.  Think about it – how has God gifted you in a particular way?

Can you serve God’s kingdom by

  • Bringing a word of wisdom?
  • A bit of knowledge?
  • Can you help shore up someone’s faltering faith?
  • Or bring a bit of healing?
  • Do you have some power, or prophecy to share?
  • Can you help others be more discerning?
  • Perhaps you can interpret what other’s find confusing?
  • Or help break down communication barriers between believers?

As Paul says, “all these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”

Sometimes, we struggle to know our true calling in life.

Paul reminds us that in order to find and fulfill that calling we need to be in touch with God’s gifting of spiritual gifts.

So – what’s your gift?  Pray about it – then put it to use – to the glory of God.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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