Spiritual Gifts

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

 

But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

 

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 

 

                                                            1 Corinthians 12: vv 4-12; 18-20; 27-30

 

In our adult Sunday School class, we are studying
The Mind of Christ 
by T. W. Hunt, in an effort to understand how to become more like Jesus. We had a discussion a couple of Sundays ago about the 1 Corinthians 12 reference about each of us being a part of the body of Christ (though I cannot recall exactly how that tied in to the book!). I recall commenting that in the metaphor of the body Paul writes about, each body part knows exactly how to be—the eye knows how to be an eye, the toe knows how to be a toe, and so forth. I think the point I was trying to suggest is that the analogy breaks down, to a certain degree, when not everyone in the Church knows how to be the part of the body for which they were designed. (I’m referencing the church universal, not necessarily Stone Oak Cumberland Presbyterian church, though it might apply here, too. I’ll let you conclude on your own).

 

And when I talk about being designed as a certain body part, I’m talking with respect to spiritual gifts. Paul’s analogy is a beautiful one, one that speaks volumes and is easily understood. It isn’t by accident that this chapter introduces the concept of spiritual gifts, in its focusing of unity in diversity, and diversity within the unity of the body. Paul is writing to the Corinthians about divisions within the church, resulting most likely from an overemphasis on certain spiritual gifts being more important than others. Possession of certain spiritual gifts does not make one any more important, more prestigious, or more valuable than anyone else in the body, Paul writes. Each one of us is given at least one spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit (“
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”), 
and each is important to the edification of the body.

 

So if each of us is given at least one spiritual gift, it would behoove us to know what that gift is, right? We are called and equipped to be the best that we can be as a member of His church—are we taking advantage and full use of the gifts He has equipped us with? Do we know what our gifts are?

 

Friends, we are at a time in our church’s life where we are being led to do more—more outreach, more evangelism, more teaching, more connecting with His children, as we transform under the guidance of His Holy Spirit. Let’s fully tap into the gifts that He has bestowed in each one of us. If you are unsure of your own spiritual gift, I suggest that you pray for insight and for the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. If you are still unclear and want to pursue, talk with Pastor Kevin. I can also explore adding links to online spiritual gift “tests” to our website that will allow you to find it out that way as well. (more to come on that—let me vet it with Pastor Kevin and Session). I am excited for us to explore our gifts, all for His glory!

Prayer Requests

  • For those who are in our neighborhoods, work places, schools, who are in need of His grace and gift of salvation
  • For those on our prayer list, as well as for those who aren’t but should be
  • For those who cannot seem to bear the load they are under, but don’t know how to share it with Him
  • For success, as defined by Him, of our 25th anniversary celebration
  • For us to be bold and declarative of His love to this world!

                                                                                                                    

What an awesome opportunity we have—He gives us these gifts, wants us to use them, and loves it when we seek them out for His glory!

Quotes

“God has a plan for your life. The enemy has a plan for your life. Just be wise enough to know which one to battle and which one to embrace.”

 

“When life is not a bed of roses, remember who wore the thorns.”