by Dr. Charles Stanley
The Gifts of the Spirit
God has prepared work for us to do, and He equips us through spiritual gifts. Let's examine three passages of Scripture that talk about these divine abilities.
In Ephesians 4, Paul discusses the gifts that represent the offices of the church (Ephesians 4:11). The Spirit manifests these capabilities in those He has chosen. He expects them to be used "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" (v. 12 NIV).
In 1 Corinthians 12, the spiritual gifts are considered in regard to their function for the greater good — the Spirit of God gives these capabilities in order to bless the body of Christ. If we do not identify our gift and fulfill our role in the functioning of the church, then we are of little use, similar to a broken hand or a plugged-up ear. The Lord has a specific purpose in mind for our service, and without us, our church will lack something.
Lastly, in Romans 12, Paul deals with the expression of these gifts. For example, he writes that those with the gift of giving are to give generously. If one has been bestowed with mercy, it is to be dispensed cheerfully (Romans 12:8). Again he emphasizes that the Spirit ordains the use of these skills to benefit God's family.
Living in the power of the Holy Spirit means identifying and employing our spiritual gifts as He directs. We will find both the motivation and confidence we need for service when we operate in them. Do you know yours? If not, then seek godly counsel and become a blessing to others!