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.