4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NIV
In this reading from his letter, Paul is teaching about what spiritual gifts are, who receives them, and also why they are given. The Holy Spirit is within each of us who believe – these gifts are given to us so that we can use them for the common good, for service to the church. Having one gift as opposed to another gift does not make having that gift more important; they are all important in service to God.
Let us pray please – Loving God, through Your great and powerful spirit, you have gifted those in Your church with varying, special talents and abilities. Prophesy, teaching, preaching, etc. Thank you for all of these gifts that You give us. Help us to make the best use possible of them – to be servants , Your workers in the church here on earth. We pray all this in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Yours in Christ , Rollie