Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT
[4] There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. [5] There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. [6] God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. [7] A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. [8] To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. [9] The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. [10] He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. [11] It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

Reflection . . .

The Holy Spirit decides what spiritual gifts each person should have and those gifts are so we can help each other. They are not primarily for our personal benefit, they are for the edification and building up of the church. What are the spiritual gifts listed here?

  • Service
  • Wisdom
  • Special Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discernment
  • Tongues (unknown languages)
  • Interpretation of Tongues

There are other Spiritual Gifts listed in other parts of the New Testament, but here we have quite a list. We may wish to have any one of the gifts listed here but it is the Holy Spirit who gives them and they are for His purposes, not ours!

Pray that the Holy Spirit would use you by whichever of the gifts listed to encourage and build the church!