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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 10, 2014
All our abilities, talents, come from God, so they all are spiritual gifts. What spiritual gift do you have? We should utilize our gifts in whatever capacity God chooses for us to use them. Don’t dismiss the clues, messages, that God gives you to guide you for His plan to use those gifts. And while you are on your journey of life, experience every moment to the fullest; God wants you to enjoy your life.
I would like to share part of Peter N. Lundell’s (California) story that he wrote for The Upper Room titled “PLAYING WITH PASSION.”
“Each of us has a place in God’s grand symphony – his will being done on earth as it is in heaven. We each have a part to play in God’s kingdom. Some parts are more prominent than others, but all are essential. Just knowing about God or how to live our lives is not the point. Shouldn’t we rather be caught up in the wonder of lives passionately lived?”
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
All Christians have faith. Some, however, have the spiritual gift of faith, which is an unusual measure of trust in the power of God.
Prophecy is not just a prediction about the future; it can also mean preaching God’s Word with power. No matter what gifts a person has, each gift is given by the Holy Spirit. We are responsible to use and sharpen our gifts, but we can take no credit for what God has freely given us.
Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: (1) being proud of their abilities, or (2) thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should use our different gifts, together, to spread the Good News of salvation.
The church is composed of many types of people from a variety of backgrounds with a multitude of gifts and abilities. It is easy for these differences to divide people, as was the case in Corinth. But despite the differences, all believers have one thing in common—faith in Christ. On this essential truth the church finds unity. All believers are baptized by one Holy Spirit into one body of believers, the church. We don’t lose our individual identities, but we have an overriding oneness in Christ. When we become a Christian, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, and we are born into God’s family. “We have all received the same Spirit” means that each of us has received the same Holy Spirit. As members of God’s family, we may have different interests and gifts, but we are united by the spirit into one spiritual body.
Using the analogy of the body, Paul emphasizes the importance of each church member. If a seemingly insignificant part is taken away, the whole body becomes less effective. Thinking that your gift is more important than someone else’s is an expression of spiritual pride. We should not look down on those who seem unimportant, and we should not be jealous of others who have more visible gifts. Instead, we should use the gifts we have been given and encourage others to use theirs. If we don’t, the body of believers will be less effective. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 12:4-20 – Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit.
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything?
But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. –Romans 12:5-6 (NIV)
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ABILITY, ABILITIES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ability-abilities/
TALENTS, TALENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/talents-talent/
HELP, HELPING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/help-helping/
PRIORITIES, PRIORITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/priorities-priority/
WORSHIP, WORSHIPING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/worship-worshiping/
UNITY, UNIFY, UNITED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/unity-unify-united/
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