MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
Now concerning spiritual gifts,* brothers and sisters,* I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff
The first century Corinthian christian community was big on spiritual gifts. Primarily, Paul was concerned that previous spiritual practices might fracture the community. Paul, again, was a church builder. His primary motivation in writing a letter was about re-centering the community to orient themselves toward Christ’s work in the Holy Spirit.
Today, I think many people either don’t realize the value of the gifts they have to offer spiritual communities. Pastors and other church staff (as well as volunteers — don’t think I’m forgetting them), have become the main, professional organizers of what the church does. In so doing, people expect church leadership to rally the congregation to share their gifts.
Sometimes I wonder whether the church would be better off in de-centralizing, and simply letting people come forth to share their gifts.
Whatever happens, I do believe that the church will survive, albeit in a smaller, sleeker version. Perhaps that’s not a bad thing. Still, churches need to reach out to those who can share their spiritual gifts, too. It’s all about the Spirit and the Spirit’s working in us to light a fire!