Wednesday 26th September 2018 - Daily Reading:
1 Corinthians 12 The Gifts of the Spirit - The Holy Spirit in the Church 8 by Brenda Critchley

In verse 4 of this chapter, Paul points out that there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. He goes on to compare the Church to a body, noting that every part of the body is necessary for it to function properly.

It seems to me the most important point Paul makes is in verse 7, where he says ‘Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.’ We are given the gifts of the Spirit so that we can bless, encourage, bring comfort and good things to the whole body. Anything the Spirit gives us is for us to give away and bless someone else. In turn we will find that those things given by the Spirit to others will bring help and blessings to us. That is how it is meant to work. Each one of us needs to be open to receive from Him and be ready to give it away. And when we are all doing our part it will be for the good of all and the church will function properly as the Lord intends.

It doesn’t matter how little or how much you feel the Lord has given you – give it away and he will give you more. The more we put into practice the gifts of the Spirit, the more he will entrust us with.

He writes in verse 8 of ‘the message of wisdom’, ‘the message of knowledge’, ‘faith’, ‘gifts of healing’, ‘miraculous powers’, ‘prophecy’, ‘distinguishing between spirits’, ‘tongues’, and ‘the interpretation of tongues’. That’s quite a list.

In verse 11 Paul explains that all these things are the work of the Spirit, and he gives them just as he chooses. I expect he looks around when we are all gathered together, he sees a willing and yielded heart, and down comes that gift for that person to give away.

Let’s be ready to be yielded, malleable in his hands and ready to be his mouthpiece, his hands and feet, whatever it is he wants of us, so that he can do all that he wants to do among us.

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