“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom…to another faith by the same Spirit…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”
1 Corinthians 12:7-9, 11
Paul’s instruction about the unity of the body of Christ shapes his teaching on spiritual gifts. These gifts are expressions, or manifestations, of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, and these gifts are expressed in the moment when needed most for the common good. Our invitation is to grow in relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and in relationship with the body of Christ, so that in the moment - of prayer, ministry, opportunity, evangelism, conversation, etc. - the spiritual gift that will be most beneficial to the body is expressed by the Spirit, as he determines, not as we determine. The gifts of the Spirit are given to move the body of Christ forward in mission and in health, not so that we can find our identity and security in these gifts.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for the Holy Spirit and the opportunity to contribute today to the growth and advance of your Body, for your glory.”