Why the Gifts?

Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 12:4-31 (day four)

God called Israel out of bondage to be with Him.  He called them to be set apart from the world, so others would know that He was God.  Obedience mattered to God. If Israel would obey God, the world would see Him and know Him.

In New Testament times, Jesus called us to be His people.  Not just for our benefit so we can go to heaven, but when we live a life that is holy…set apart for Him…that people would see God and be drawn to Him.  In order to give an accurate picture of the character of God, He gave us the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.  When the world sees these gifts at work in our lives…in the life of His church…they see the true nature of God and are drawn to Him.

What picture of God do people see in your life?  Israel did not fulfill God’s plan to show the world who He was.  Are you exercising the gifts given to you for His glory?

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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