“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed…there are a variety of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Cor. 12:1,4-7)

 

      God is so good!  Each one of us was created with our own unique gifts and interests and abilities.  At times our differences cause us to disagree and argue with one another, but God’s plan is that our differences would cause us to rely on one another and work together “for the common good”.  There are many spiritual gifts that are listed throughout the Bible.  Here is just a short list of God’s gifts: wisdom, faith, service, teaching, administration, hospitality, giving, leadership, mercy, and evangelism.  No one person is gifted in all these areas, but every one of these gifts is needed in the Church and the world.

      Paul makes the comparison that each person has their own special abilities, just like the many parts of our bodies have their own special function.  Each individual part is necessary for the body to function at maximum efficiency and so it is with the body of Christ as well.  Each member has a vital role to fill.  No gift was given without purpose.  Paul even says that, “the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable.”  Can you imagine a church without people who had the gift of prayer, people who regularly and consistently take the needs of their community to God? Without the prayers of faithful individuals, the ministry of the Church would surely suffer.

    Indeed, God does have a role for each of us.  We have each been gifted in certain ways so that we can glorify God and edify others.  Discovering our gifts and using them for the Kingdom is God’s plan for our lives.  Consider what Paul writes in Romans 12: “For as in one body, we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:  if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in generosity; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”  May we all use our God-given gifts wisely so that no area of ministry is neglected and no member of the body of Christ need suffer alone.  God’s blessings on you all.  

-Pastor Chad