When it comes to the spiritual gifts, Paul is clear to communicate a few things:
1. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all." All of these gifts are from God. They are not things we can boast in of ourselves.
2. "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other." God's purpose behind the spiritual gifts is to build of the body of Christ or to 'help each other'. They are given so we can advance the kingdom of God and encourage other Christians.
3. "It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have." God gives out His spiritual gifts purposefully. We are not to envy other gifts but to celebrate them.
God moving in supernatural ways through the gifts was an extremely common thing throughout scripture and even till this day. He has given every one of us gifts which we can use to build up the body of Christ. Knowing your spiritual gifts is extremely beneficial in your walk with God and in the mission of God.
I encourage all of you to go through these first eleven verses in 1 Corinthians 12 and pray over them. Ask God to highlight any gifts you may have or to give you clarity with anything you are confused about.
Thank you for the gifts of the Spirit. Would you reveal to me gifts that you have given to me, so I may begin to walk more in the fullness you have for me. Will you equip me so I may use them effectively and powerfully for your glory.
- John Meyne