June 9 | 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord, and there are varieties activities, but the same God, who works them all for everyone. Now to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for mutual benefit.” (1 Corinthians 12:4–7)
The gifts we receive are for our own benefit. My Christmas gifts are given to me for my enjoyment. If the heart of the giver is in the right place they get just as much enjoyment out of giving the gift.
But the Spirit gives gifts to us for others. Ministers through us to them. We bless others instead of ourselves. And the Holy Spirit directs everything we do with his gifts in us. There are many gifts and services and activities that we do for one another. But all of them come from the same God, his Spirit. God empowers us to serve one another with these gifts.
We must understand that the gifts don’t make us look good. They are not to make us look spiritual or connected to the Holy Spirit, although we are when he uses us in these gifts. The more we understand this the more God can use his gifts in us.
The best part is that the Spirit chooses to minister through you with his gifts. He has prepared you and designed you to use your gift in his power. Don’t look down on your gift. Trust the gift Giver. He knows what he’s doing.
Action Step: Learn to know the Holy Spirit’s prompting you. And when he prompts you, be comfortable using it. Be teachable and led by the Spirit.
Holy Spirit, thank you for your presence dwelling in me. And thank you that you give me the gifts for the right people at the right time. I will always look to you to prompt me in these gifts. I am so glad you minister through me powerfully.