Don’t be uninformed about spiritual gifts!
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (NIV) 1Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to 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. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Paul shared his CONCERNS ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS FOR THE CORINTHIANS and it includes every Christians today!
In our effort to build unity and live fruitful lives for Jesus, 1 Corinthians chapter 12 is among the few chapters in the Bible that have the potential to encourage us to find our giftings and strengthen our community and effectiveness through the spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit even while we may be struggling through difficult issues like the Corinthian church in the 1st Century who were experiencing diversity, division and difficulties. In our church, we may be struggling with life issues like lack of money, friends who leaves us because we have financial troubles or loneliness or pride.
When we look at sport games like soccer and basketball, we see team functioning with several players playing different roles and having differing skills to contribute to the team to win the competition. We can learn valuable lessons from the writings of Paul that spoke about different gifts, service and working so that our lives can be fruitful for our Eternal Lord, Jesus.
It must be clear to all believers that when we accept Christ Jesus into our lives, the Spirit of God, the 3rd Person of the Trinity came into our lives and would enriched our lives with spiritual gifts that He would help surfaced as we discover them along our pilgrim journey to Eternity
Paul had two concerns about Spiritual Gifts
FIRSTLY, THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE DISTRIBUTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (1 COR 12:1, 4-6, 11)
In the verses 4-6, Paul states that there are different kinds of gifts, different kinds of service, and different kinds of working and each term is associated with One of the Trinity i.e. the same Spirit (Holy Spirit); the same Lord (Christ); and the same God (Father). One could say that “working” or result comes around from service; “service” comes from the different gifts and the “gifts” were received from the Holy Spirit that is operating in the lives of the Believers. The Spirit distributes as He pleases and it’s not to our credit that we have one or the other gift. Hence when we function well in the particular gift, the glory goes to the Lord and not ourselves.
Therefore let’s not be ignorant or uninformed but function in what He has placed in our lives. There Spiritual gifts test including Personality and Spiritual Gifts profiles when one can find out what the Holy Spirit had given them so that you could continue to develop what is placed there by Him.
SECONDLY, THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE FOR THE COMMON GOOD (1 COR 12:7).
The spiritual gifts empower every Christians to function in the body of Christ. There are many gifts and Paul in Romans, 1 Corinthians and Ephesians listed twenty-one of them. This list is not exhaustive are not for self-edification alone but when exercised would bring good to the body of Christ. Imagine the body of Jesus Christ functioning well with the Spirit’s gifts that it is empowering and encouraging others, what an impact the church would be. We would usher into our environments the Kingdom of Heaven and established His Eternal kingdom thus fulfil the prayer Jesus teach in Matthew 6:10.
May the Lord helps us to seek the Giver of Spiritual Gifts whom Christ (John 13-17), the apostles including Peter (Acts 2:38) and Paul spoke about and let’s not be ignorant of His Gifts because it is clearly written about in the Bible for our knowledge and participation.
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