SPIRITUAL GIFTS

I came across this piece by Jim Cymbala, in Brooklyn Tabernacle's daily devotional. I think it explains well what God intended when He gave spiritual gifts to His children. In a time when we spend a lot of time and energy wanting to "get it right" as a new church, it's a good reminder that it is still a work of God's Spirit. He is building His church and He intends to use us to do it if we're willing!

“The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.” (1 Corinthians 12:7 GNT)

The Holy Spirit was sent to live in the believers and distribute gifts to every single member of the body of Christ so that those gifts could be used for the edification and strengthening of his Church. There is no other way to build up the Church, because the Church is a spiritual organism, and therefore no amount of human talent, money, or PowerPoint presentations can make it strong. It can be built up only through spiritual giftings distributed to each as the Spirit sees fit (1 Corinthians 12:11). As the Holy Spirit gives gifts to God’s people, they also fulfill God’s purpose for their individual lives. But the Holy Spirit is not coercive. He leads; he guides; he suggests. That means receptivity is needed on our part. We have to believe in him, and we have to ask and be open to his work in our lives.

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 to learn more about the Gifts of the Spirit.  (Jim Cymbala)

Floyd Yutzy