Gifts

Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31 (day three)

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

Paul’s purpose here is not to identify the Prophet! Teacher! Leader!  Rather, his point is that the church is a terrible place for heroics.  You want the prophecy gift?  Here it is: Prophecy means serving by never leaving somebody without God’s voice when that person has lost his way.  You want the leadership gift?  Here it goes: Leadership means channeling your influence to craft the kind of life together that allows people to grow to the full extent of their giftedness.  You want the guidance gift?  Here you are: Guidance means that you’ll never leave someone without forgiveness and friendship when that person has blown it again.  Gifts aren’t given in addition to love, but in order to love.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor to Pastoral Ministries & College and Single Adults at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “Gifts”

  1. Amazing! A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each member of the church or to each believer of Christ to produce what is beneficial to others for the common good.

    We, believers of Christ, are gifted with these extraordinary spiritual gifts to help build the church –the Prophecy, the Leadership, and the Guidance. Run with God’s given spiritual gifts to spread His love for all people in order to serve Him!! The Holy Spirit lives and works in each of us!

    What does manifestation of the Spirit mean for you?

  2. Here are my take about this “Gifts” blog:

    1) serving the Lord by never leaving somebody without God’s voice when that person has lost his way (Prophecy)
    2) channeling your influence to craft the kind of life together that allows people to grow to the full extent of their giftedness (Leadership).
    3) you’ll never leave someone without forgiveness and friendship when that person has blown it again (Guidance)

    Very wise! True wisdom! We are gifted with these skills by the Holy Spirit! Go and make a difference whenever and to whomever you reach!! I will try harder!!!

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