Google+ 06/25/13 Let's Help Each Other!!!

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

 

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.

There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.

God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

 

As we continue our five-part series of devotions on spiritual gifts, we need to listen closely to Paul as he continues teaching the believers at Corinth.  Paul explains that there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but God is behind all of them.   Paul says that all Christians serve the Lord, but in many different ways.  The Corinthians would have been highly confused about this.  Remember that the culture of the day had multiple gods.  The "pre-Jesus" Corinthians would have served and prayed to many different gods in vastly different situations.  Paul wanted the church at Corinth to understand that one God is working in many different ways through each of them.  God Almighty was the only God present and He was the source of everything that they experienced.  Finally, Paul tells us the most important point in this passage of Scripture.  He explains that all believers have at least one spiritual gift to help each of us work together for the Kingdom of God.  As Paul puts it, so we can help each other.  Don't make the mistake that lots of people make in interpreting this passage.  EVERYONE does not have spiritual gifts.  It is only believers that claim Jesus as their personal Savior that possess these gifts.  Spiritual gifts are not an entitlement program, but rather a gift from God to each believer.  Being gifted is both a privilege from God and an obligation to serve Him.  Often, when we take worldly jobs, our employers give us "gifts" to help us complete our working tasks.  If you are a mechanic, you might be given tools or a tool allowance.  If you are a corporate executive, you might be given a clothing or meal allowance.  If you are a pastor, you might be given a housing allowance.  In all of these examples, employees are given "gifts" to help them perform their jobs more efficiently.  These gifts come with "strings."  In the case of the mechanic, he is not supposed to ignore his tools or take them somewhere else that competes with his employer.  God puts strings on what we do also.  He gives us wonderful spiritual gifts that He expects us to use for His kingdom.  If we do not, He will probably take them away, so beware.  Tomorrow we will begin our discussion of each spiritual gift and what it means.  Until then, realize that you are gifted by God.  That is a big deal!  Use your gifts for Him, daily.  Realize why God gave us these gifts.  Let's Help Each Other!!!