FRIDAY June 8, 2018
Shown a More Excellent Way
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts.
And yet I show you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:29-31
Paul mentioned all these different gifts in one verse––amazing! Notice how they vary; we are not all given the same gifts by the Lord. Even if we have the best gifts, understand, if we do not have love, then we become a zero––spiritually speaking, crippled. We become of no use to the body of Christ because we are handling the gifts ourselves. We hinder the Holy Spirit because we are not listening to God and what he has for the Church.
In Ephesians 4:11-12, we find another set of gifts. Also in the book of Romans 12:1-21, more are mentioned, making twenty-one gifts of the Holy Spirit altogether. So think about what God wants to give to you. Ask and allow the Holy Spirit to give you what fits best in your life, so you can be more productive in the body of Christ.
God also gives us talents. As we develop our talents, we glorify Him. I think of all the gifts God has given me, such as the martial arts. He has also gifted me in so many other areas. People have many different talents–– basket ball or football, riding motorcycles or playing golf. These are talents! Whatever you do!
Have you noticed how many baseball players use their talent God has give them? God gave them the coordination and ability to play baseball, but they go for the money and the fame. We should never take the credit for God’s gifts and talents for ourselves; they are God’s gifts. We need to remember it is the Lord who gives us talents. He does not want us to become puffed up in pride.
Gifts and talents that God has given to people always find their highest use and highest expression when they are used to glorify the Lord.
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