Happy Monday! About a month ago, I retook the spiritual gifts assessment. I must admit that i have taken the exam at least five times in my lifetime for various reasons (e.g., required for classs, recommened by churches). It was interesting to learn that my assessment from my mid twenties to last month had changed. While you are given 25 gifts (according to the assessment) the goal is to find the top three gifts. In the past, my top two were administration and teaching. While the two gifts have moved down from 25, they still rank in the twenties. However, as of last month, my number one spiritual gift is faith and I had four other gifts tie for second. As we spend the next few days covering 1 Corinthians chapter 12, verses 7-11, I will uncover some descriptions of these gifts and the gifts Paul mentioned in today’s verses. Join me as we continue reading Paul’s response to the Corinthian church. Have a wonderful day.
“7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[c] 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[d] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NLT
Here’s a brief recap:
- Who are spiritual gifts given to? Each of us.
- Why are spiritual gifts given? So that we can help each other.
- What spirit gives these gifts? The Spirit of God.
- Who decides which gift each person should have? The Spirit of God, He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Sisters and brothers, God has given each of us spiritual gifts that go beyond ourselves. He has gifted us with enough talent to impact not only this generation, but generations to come. He thinks so much about us and loves us so much that He imparted spiritual gifts within us so that we can partner with Him to build the kingdom. We can’t keep our gifts to ourselves, there are souls waiting in the balance and your gift could be the key to bring them to Christ, point them back to Christ, to encourage them not to give up and/or teach them so that their foundation may be built on solid ground.
Father God, we thank you for today. Lord, we don’t know what you have in store for us today, but we trust you. Lord, go before us and lead the way. Lord, equip us with the wisdom and knowledge that we need to effectively and efficiently use the gifts that you have given to us. Lord, we don’t want to waste the perfect gifts that you have given us. Lord, we don’t want to be so absorbed in ourselves that we forget our purpose here on earth. Lord, change and use us like never before. Lord, help us to be humble, yet bold and brave. Lord, starting with today breathe life into the spiritual gifts that you have given us so that we may flourish in the areas you desire to use us. In Jesus name, amen.
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