READ : 1 Corinthians 12:4-31
There are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (v. 6)
Why do we define the gifts of the Spirit so narrowly? Extraordinary gifts such as
speaking in tongues and healing are dramatic and eye-popping. Aside from these gifts we
often think of preaching, teaching, and writing.
But what about the retired fellow who fixes the wiring in the parsonage? Or the
volunteer risking life and limb, high on a ladder painting the trim on the church
building? Or the secretary who turns out an attractive and accurate bulletin? Or the
retired farmer who uses his skills to help believers in Ghana learn how to work their
lands? Or what of that member of the congregation who had the vision and daring to suggest
that the construction of a new worship center was a possibility?
We may quibble and say, “Well, these are services or activities, not really gifts.” But
they are also inspired by God, aren’t they? Let’s celebrate all the gifts and services
that God inspires in the members of his church. Any interest, skill, gift, experience you
have, dedicated to God and the service of others, is a gift to be celebrated. Don’t look
down on any gift or service, however humble. Paul reminds, “. . . the parts of the body
that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (v. 22).
Holy Spirit, help me see needs about me and joyfully use the gifts you’ve given
me to meet them.