Gifts for Everyone

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 12:3-8

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. (v. 6)

As a child I loved birthdays – especially my own! It was my special day, and I always knew there would be gifts – not things I had to share with my brothers and sisters, but things just for me!

When you become a Christian and start living according to God’s Word, you get a gift from his Spirit. It is not, however, a gift to use just for yourself; it’s to share with others in the church. In Paul’s longest passage on spiritual gifts he writes: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7).

The gifts Paul describes briefly in Romans 12 are ministry gifts, given to help the church function as a body. Some receive the gift of preaching God’s Word (that’s the basic meaning of “prophecy”), others the gift of serving in the church, of teaching, of counseling, of giving, of leading, or of showing compassion.

As we use gifts such as these for the benefit of the entire body, we must do so in humility and with gratitude, not in pride or with a selfish spirit. That’s the way a family ought to function. That’s the way the church ought to function.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for my gift. Help me to use it to benefit others in the body of Christ. Amen.