Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues. One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Pastor John’s Notes:
There are three things St. Paul wants us to note about spiritual gifts. First, that every gift comes from the same Spirit, meaning that one gift is not better than another. Therefore, the difference between gifts should never be used as a reason to bring disunity in the body of Christ. Second, they are given for the common good, not merely for the improvement of our personal lives. If our gift never has an impact on another person, then either we are failing to use it or what we think is a gift does not really come from the Lord. Thirdly, that the Spirit gives gifts to each person just as the Spirit chooses. The Spirit does this so that each person can experience the joy of serving in God’s kingdom.
The church should be a community of people, all of whom are using their gifts for the blessing of others. No one should be passive, but everyone should be active. As we use our gifts responsibly, God will reward us with greater skill and ability. Our spheres of influence expand and our joy in the kingdom will increase. The process of growing in our gifts never ends. So long as we are attentive, we will grow. The Spirit may also give new gifts when we are ready, so we should never assume that the gifts we have now will be the only gifts we will ever use.
Lord, I am ready to use the gifts you have given to me for your kingdom. Whatever skill, ability, or trait you give, let me use it well. Also, keep me ready for whatever you have next.