Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 23, 2011
“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” 1 Corinthians 12:1
Spiritual gifts are given by God and for God. These divine manifestations are diverse in their application, but they all originate from the same Spirit. Hence, heavenly ordained abilities give God all the credit for their accomplishments for good on earth. Gifts of the Spirit generate an eternal energy that is able to administer grace and love to lonely hearts and confused minds. Understanding spiritual gifts gives confidence to Christ followers.
Godly gifts are not for the personal benefit of a man, but only in service to mankind. The aim of spiritual gifts is to build up the body of Christ—to be the eyes, ears and mouth of Jesus to the spiritually blind, to those tone-deaf to truth and to the morally mute. Today’s disciples of Jesus can do greater works. Why? Because, they are equipped with spiritual resources and are no longer bound up in sin, but rather they are freed up by God’s gifts.
“Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12b
How has the Lord gifted you? Are you quick to see a need and then apply a solution? If so, service may be your gift. Is your heart moved with compassion over opportunities to pray for the sick? If this is the case, perhaps God has endowed you with the gift of faith and healing. Or, you may love the process of creating order out of chaos, if so your gift of administration is on display. Indeed, spiritual gifts profit the church and promote Christ.
Therefore, prayerfully use your Holy Spirit inspired gift not for show, but to serve. Be who the Lord has gifted you to be and your work will not feel painstakingly laborious, but freeing and glorious. Allocate the most time and energy around the gift in your spiritual portfolio that has the most potential to edify others. Celebrate your gift from God by giving it away for God. Spiritual gifts are evidence of our salvation in Jesus.
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” Hebrews 2:3b-4
How has the Holy Spirit gifted me? How can I steward best His gift for His glory?
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