About spiritual gifts…

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1 Corinthians 12:Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

The apostle Paul is telling us that all believers have gifts/talents/abilities that have been given by the Holy Spirit. While it’s true some people don’t know what their spiritual gifts are, that doesn’t mean they have no spiritual gifts. ALL believers have spiritual gifts. Some other things that jump out at me this morning from this passage:

1. v.7 says that the gifts of the spirit are given for the “common good”. That means the gifts are primarly meant to bless the communal body of believers, not simply the individual believer. The spiritual gifts are intended to be shared, to be used as a blessing to others.

2. v.11 says the gifts of the spirit are allotted “as the spirit chooses”. That means we don’t get to decide which spiritual gifts we have. The spirit of God decides, not us. All we can do is discover what our spiritual gifts are – mostly through experience.

If you’re not sure what your spiritual gifts are and you’d like some help, try this questionairre. It will only take a few minutes. You might be surprised at what you discover.

http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices/Assessment-Tools

Lord Jesus, when you sent the Holy Spirit into the world you gave us the means to be equipped for the work of gospel. Help us to discover our spiritual gifts and, in so doing, better understand how we can bless others in your name. Amen.

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