THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

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.

Discussion

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

We value some gifts over others. We just do. For whatever reason, we hold up the showy, obvious gifts as better than the quiet, solid, and foundational gifts people have. Paul reminds us that every gift is important in doing God’s work in the world. All of them come through the amazing and inspiring work of the Holy Spirit. Just think about that. Whatever it is you are gifted at—and everyone has gifts—comes to you because the Holy Spirit lives in you, works through you, draws out of you exactly what you have that God needs. I kinda get goose bumps just thinking about that! Whatever gift, whatever service, whatever activities you do for your faith community or the world, remember that the Holy Spirit is inspiring you!

What are the things I have to offer in love and service

to God and my neighbor by the power of the Holy Spirit?