Gifts of the Spirit

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

We all like to receive gifts. Paul tells us here that one of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to give gifts to each and every child of God. And each gift is given “for the common good.” He ends this chapter with the words, “Earnestly desire the best gifts” (v. 31).

Paul challenges us to see our new life in Christ as one in which mutual giving is a normal way of life. We recently had a person leave our congregation because we “weren’t friendly.” To her, we all existed for her sake. True enough. But she missed the fact that she also exists for us. Apparently she never looked at 1 Corinthians 12 and asked, “What gift can I bring to the congregation?”

There are many gifts of the Spirit. Ponder for a moment: Did you ever realize God has given you a unique set of gifts and a special role in his church?

What gift, or gifts, has the Holy Spirit given you? How well are you using them in your church?


Lord, help me not to ask what the church should be doing for me, but what gifts you have given me for the building up of the church, the body of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.