By Brooke Holt
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
God longs to speak into your life today. If you are in Christ—meaning that you have put your trust in the salvific work of Jesus Christ on your behalf—then you have the Spirt of God living within you. You are the dwelling place for God. Ponder that divine miracle as well as the divine calling on your life.
As God’s dwelling place, you are empowered by his Holy Spirit to do his work in this world. Paul wrote about the gifts, services, and activities that come from the Spirit. While we find many varieties in the work and gifts, only one God empowers his people to do the work. Every convert in the Corinthian church received the Holy Spirit and was called to exercise his or her gifts, services, and activities. You also have been given the Holy Spirit and are empowered for God’s holy purposes in this world. God made absolutely no exceptions. God dwells within you, and that same God desires to empower you with spiritual gifts.
Soak in that holy truth. You have been called, chosen, and empowered to build the kingdom of God in this world. Your calling is just as important as your priest’s calling, the bishop’s calling, and even the calling upon Billy Graham. Here is the catch: your gifting and your work are not for your glory but for the common good of God’s people.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians reminding them they were still a bit self-consumed and self-seeking. He asked them to remember the gifts came from God, and God wanted the gifts used for his glory and the blessing of his people. This is the second great spiritual test for the exercise of spiritual gifts: are God’s people blessed by the use and manifestation of your spiritual gifts?
You are the dwelling place of God. As such, you have the greatest gift in you, a gift God means for you to share and to use for the good of God’s kingdom and people.
Have you considered the divine reality that you have been given spiritual gifts by the Lord? If not, spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal those to you today. Then consider how you can use those spiritual gifts to build the body of Christ, to share the Gospel, and to see God’s kingdom expand in this world. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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