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.