Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians: 1-6
1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

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

6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

Verse two caught my eye. I was supposed to be studying about spiritual gifts but somehow I just keep reading beyond what I was supposed to be concentrating on for this new study I've begun. I suppose that's what happens to me lots of time when I get caught up with a topic I really want to learn more about. I keep thinking the next verse will tell me the answer and I won't have to dig within myself. Still, with understanding spiritual gifts, I know I'm going to have to dig within myself and maybe that scares me a bit. I think I'd like to pick my own gift. In 1 Corinthians 12:11 it said that the Holy Spirit decides what gifts I get.

1 Corinthians 12: 11
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

I suppose I need to be happy with the gifts that I have been given even if I don't fully understand some of them. The question of what, when, where and how I fit into God's plan confuses me most of the time. Looking over the list of gifts given in my study guide leaves me even more confused. Perhaps I'm a split personality. :)

1. Mercy
2. Serving/ministry
3. Giving
4. Administration/ruling
5. Evangelism
6. Prophecy/proclaiming
7. Teaching
8. Encouraging/Exhorting
9. Pastor/Shepherding

At any rate, today verse two from First Corinthians 1 commanded my attention knowing that those who are not Christians would ever understand or have the spiritual gifts of God. I'm remembering back to the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and how much energy I felt wanting everyone to have the same acceptance. God knows everything about us. He knows the good and bad and chooses which gifts He wants and needs for us to have. That's what makes us different and that's what completes the puzzle when we all work together.


Annette said...

some of the greatest gifts we get in our life time from the our heavenly father, and I get think of better presents...the rest of our gifts we get from our genes, and then some of those arent very good gifts....one of the best gifts of all is our friends, and the other and most important one...the right to to share our love for our Lord!!
Hugs always

Annette said...

ooop's I meant to type and I "can't" think of better presents, instead of "get" better present's....I seriously need to proof read before I click!
xoxoxox Annette

Just Joni said...

I love that feeling that sinks in when we are searching for our individual spiritual gifts...the Holy Spirit ever so gently reassures us that what we are trying to gain a better understanding about has been there all along waiting to blossom when the time was right...and just to think while we are struggling, searching, wondering...He knows all along the servitudes of our heart and what potential exists...and maybe looking within is part of His plan, it's certainly a good place to start...wherein surely love resides.

Word of the day.