Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other tongues? Do all interpret? But desire the greater gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here we see that Spiritual gifts are not fixed and static, but dynamic and moving. When the Spirit gives us a gift, and we put the gift into practice, we grow in it. The same is true with any other gift, whether it be athletic, artistic, or intellectual. The more we practice it, the better we get. Also, the faithful use of one gift can open up new possibilities to other gifts. Our goal is twofold: we are to use the gifts God has given us well, and we are to desire greater things.
Teach me to use the gifts you have given me. Make me open to whatever you have in store for me. Remind me that you are always at work to expand and extend your kingdom’s rule, and make me a willing servant to whatever role you have in store.