Our scripture this morning is 1 Corinthians 12:1-6.
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore 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. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Paul explains to the Corinthians how God works in and through us using the spiritual gifts He gives. Each of us is blessed with an ability that the Lord uses to reach out to others. We need to understand our gifts and how we all work together to accomplish God’s purpose for us.
We are told that there are different gifts in each of us and we are called to different kinds of service. You may see this in your church and community, that people have a “knack” for various tasks. I can speak in front of a crowd, sing and help interpret scripture, but with hand or power tools I’m a failure – not my gift. Thankfully there are others who do have the gift of construction and repair and through everyone’s gifts the work is accomplished.
God needs nothing from us, but He chooses to enable us and include us in the work He has planned. Are we aware of our gifts? Are we using them to the fullest? Ask and listen, God will show you the task He has set for you.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for all Your gifts to us. Help us to use them wisely for the good of all Your children. Amen.