Prayer: O God, we want to serve you and are often unsure how to proceed. Let your Word and Spirit guide us today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The good of the Spirit’s work
7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Working to be the best at what we do, involves using our God given gifts. However, sometimes people begin thinking they are better than others because their gift is greater. Paul realized this as he was moved to write the church at Corinth. He tells them that all members of the church have gifts that are important for the good of the church community and the world.
Some may think they have no gifts, but that is not true. Sometimes, some of our gifts may not be apparent until later in life, or in some special circumstance. Sometimes we have a gift and just aren’t aware of it, but others are.
11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
Our devotion writer explains; “By the grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ, each of us can contribute to the common good in big and small ways. This is true for all of us, whether rich or poor, young or old. Wherever and whenever we share wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing care, and helpful words, the Lord is at work in and through us.”
Prayer: “Thank you, God, for gifts of the Spirit. May we use them for the good of all, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 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.
One Body with Many Members
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.