“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit… All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…
“But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose… God has so composed the body,.. that there may be no division in the body, that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it… Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts… so that the church may be built up.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-9,11-13,18,24-27;14:1,5b
Every part of the Godhead is involved in the granting and enabling of our spiritual gifts. God the Father empowers, the Lord Jesus assigns according to His grace, and the Holy Spirit inspires their excellence and use. When we identify and accept our gifts, then use them for the good of the body, we honor the Godhead. His it is to appoint and design. He is the master architect of His body, the church.
And every part of the Trinity is extolled when we exercise our spiritual gifts. Every time I, in and with God’s love, put to use the graces endowed by His Son, I sweeten the fellowship of His Spirit among the saints. O Lord, receive blessing from Your giving! (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Where do I chafe against my gifts, or compare with others in envy? Do I criticize because someone else is not pulling his weight or does not match my same zeal in a certain area or effort? What am I doing to help build up the gifts of other people, to encourage their outworking and refining? Am I prone to jump into service that is extraneous for me, but could be the very thing God is calling another to do?
I am dispensable, in that I am not so important that I need to do everything. Yet I am also indispensable, in that God has specific assignments for only me. Am I seeking His wisdom daily to know where and how He would have me contribute in His body, and when I should say no?
Lord, help me be faithful where you have called me to serve with my gifts, and may I encourage others to strengthen and exercise their gifts for Your glory also. Employ Your people to build up Your church to be a beacon in this dark world, and rise to the praise of Your glory.￼￼￼￼￼￼