TUESDAY May 22, 2018
Diversities of Spiritual Gifts
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Paul taught the Corinthians that there are a variety of spiritual gifts given to believers in the Church. However, there had to be unity among the believers in order for the gifts to be operated effectively in the body of Christ. Otherwise, these spiritual gifts would be hindered by their carnality.
Paul, later in the Epistle, explained to the Corinthians that spiritual gifts are not effective when not used in love. If someone has the gift of teaching, and they do not have love, then their words become as a noise––there is nothing really being said. 1 Corinthians 13:1 explains: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1).
It is important to understand that in ministry we depend on the Holy Spirit to work through us. There is a variety of different gifts given to us by God, not only the gift of speaking in tongues. Therefore, each person in the body of Christ will need to know which gifts they have been given. God has given us spiritual gifts, but it is up to us to develop them and, by faith, use them. A man or woman of God must be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be able to operate their gifts by faith effectively.
We should not covet someone else’s spiritual gift, as there are so many different gifts distributed among us. Christians need to quit looking at other people and concentrate on what Christ has given to them.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation
or shadow of turning.
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