1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Today is the second Sunday after Epiphany. It’s a time when we should focus on the topic of using our spiritual gifts. We are all blessed with certain talents and abilities, which ought to be used in service to our Lord. If you recall, last week we discussed how our baptism and reception of the Holy Spirit should influence our faith journeys. It is the Spirit that gives us our passion and desire to serve God. So in relation, as we move forward this year, let’s focus on using our gifts from the Spirit to live and work for God’s ministry and will.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- Can you identify your talents and gifts from the Holy Spirit? Where is your passion for serving the Lord? What is the connection between your passion and talents?
- Paul says all of our gifts are used in service to the same Spirit and for the same purpose. How can we apply this important lesson to the way we work together in our local church? Our denomination?
Lord, please show us our gifts and allow us to work for you. Give us a heart of discernment, to understand our passions, and give us the motivation to use what we’ve been given for your glory. Thank you for this time of reflection. Please center our lives and hearts for your ministry in this community. In Jesus name, Amen.