“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
When God gives us a command or directive, He grants us the power to fulfill that command. Paul wrote about this to the Philippians:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Paul did not imply that he could do whatever he, Paul, wanted to do. He meant he could do whatever God commanded him to do. When God commands us to do something, He grants us the ability to do it. The Bible makes it clear that God commands us to serve (Galatians 5:13). But He also gives us the power to do so:
“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:29).
In addition to granting us power to perform His will, He also distributes to the church various gifts that enable us to serve Him, and one another. These gifts include abilities to speak, help others, show mercy and many other things. Everyone has something God wants them to do. How can we learn our gifts and where we belong? We should volunteer somewhere we think we might fit, and then tweak as needed. If we don’t exactly fit there, God will show us where He wants us.
We honor God by using our gifts for His glory. These gifts also benefit the church. In fact, the church would not be whole apart from the gifts we bring to it (1 Corinthians 12:14-26).
In addition to using our spiritual gifts, we also bring with us various life experiences that may contribute to the health of the body. For example, construction workers can help the church with repairs, just as school teachers can tutor children in need of that.
Since we serve a supernatural God, we also use supernatural abilities known as “gifts.” May the Lord use and bless these gifts so that He might be glorified. At the end of his life, Paul was ready to pour his life out as a drink offering. All of us should be ready to serve and sacrifice for God, and to benefit others:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
Posted on Mon, August 29, 2016
by Sam Petitfils