The Holy Spirit gives us gifts that are intended to empower us.
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. (NLT)
The major point of this passage is that every believer is given a gift of the Spirit (perhaps more than one) for the purpose of producing fruit that advances God’s purposes in your family, in the church, and in the world. The Holy Spirit is intentional in how he gives these gifts to his people.
God has designed you to make a unique contribution in the world. You're not gifted by accident. Without you the picture isn't complete, like a jigsaw puzzle with one piece missing. But when we engage in work that allows us to use our spiritual gifts, that’s when we come alive!
When we exercise our spiritual gifts, we are raising our sail to catch the wind of the Spirit. Michael Kelley writes: “The forward motion of a sailboat is based exclusively on catching the wind. No wind, no motion. You can’t control the wind. You can, however, control the sail. Your job as the sailor is to tie the sail correctly. You point the boat in the right direction and raise the sail up the mast.”
The bottom line is this: Every person has the desire to accomplish something significant. When you use the spiritual gifts that God has given you, you will make a difference and you’ll love doing it.
Questions to Consider
What comes to mind when you think about your spiritual gifts?
Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts inventory?
Talking to God
In your quiet time today, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and use the gifts he’s given you. Ask him to empower you to bear fruit in an area of your life, church or community that you are deeply concerned about.