Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31 (day seven)
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”–v 7.
It is a Greek word that means “to shine out”. The manifestation of the Spirit. Given to each of us. For the good of all of us.
One of my favorite FBCSA moments is Christmas Eve. Candlelight service. Darkened room. Thousands of individual candles glowing brightly in that night of hope. Sounds of “Silent Night” being sung out into a cruel and desperate world. We are all together at that moment. Small lights all. Each of us contributing to the beauty and testimony.
I think Paul had something like this in mind as he described spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit in each of us shining out the message of God’s great, merciful, strong and trust-worthy Son.
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”–Matthew 5:16