Wednesday, March 05, 2008

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Today's reading is about spiritual gifts. Paul was writing to the Corinthian church regarding this issue because instead of unifying the church it was splitting it. Spiritual gifts had become symbols of spiritual power. The topic was causing rivalries because some people thought they were more spiritual than others because of their gifts.

I submit this can be an issue today as well. Spiritual gifts are a gift from God, not something we earned our self. Their purpose is always to help the Church function more effectively.

There are several things to realize about spiritual gifts.
· All gifts come from God
· There are many different kinds of gifts
· No one gift is better than another
· All gifts are to be used for one purpose - the building up of the body of Christ

Verse 7 implies that each believer has at least one spiritual gift. I would agree that each of us has at least one gift that can be used for the betterment of the Church. Each of us should seek God's guidance on how he wants us to use this gift for this purpose. Many times it takes personal courage to step up and use one’s gift. If you are not using one of God’s gifts for the betterment of his kingdom, ask yourself why not? God would not have given you the gift and then not give you the wherewithal to use it. Step up to the plate knowing the Holy Spirit will be with you.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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