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18 Jan

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 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, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. 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. (1 Corinthians 12:1-12, NRSV)

I do not want you to be uninformed about spiritual gifts!

I don’t think any of us want to be uninformed about gifts. Don’t we all like getting gifts?

But really these are not necessarily gifts for us.

The gifts we receive from the Spirit are gifts to help show forth God’s love to the world. To allow God to use us to spread His mercy and love and grace to a world that needs to see it.

We get a gift to help the body, which we are all a part of, and each of us has a part to play. None more important than another. All parts are needed and there is no small job.

So use your gift to build up the body, and show His light to the world!

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