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Daily Devotional | Spiritual Gifts Daily Devotional | Spiritual Gifts

Daily Devotional | Spiritual Gifts


When I was a boy, I received a Christmas gift from my aunt in New York. When I opened it, to my dismay, I found a bright red corduroy shirt. It was a nice shirt, given in love. But I was hoping for a toy. Sometimes we do not like the gifts we receive. Likewise, we are not always the best judge of what we should be given.

The same is sometimes true of the gifts that God gives us. We may set our hearts on spiritual gifts that He has not chosen to give us. Or we may dismiss the ones we already possess. Mistaken thinking about spiritual gifts in Corinth ranged from inferiority to conceit. Some questioned their place in the body of Christ because they did not have one of the more prominent gifts (vv. 15–16). Others looked down on those who possessed gifts thinking they were less significant than their own (v. 21).

Both perspectives fail to recognize the two foundational principles of spiritual gifts. First, the same Holy Spirit is at work in all the spiritual gifts (vv. 4, 11). Second, the aim of the gifts is not to elevate those who receive them, but “the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (v. 7). While every Christian receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit does not use every individual in precisely the same way.

The most important lesson we learn from the way that God has equipped the church is not about the things that the Spirit enables us to do. It has to do with the way the Spirit has knit the members of the body of Christ together so that “its parts should have equal concern for each other” (v. 25).

>> Are you unsure of your spiritual gifts? Ask yourself what natural abilities you possess. Consider, what kind of things you enjoy doing. Now ask the Lord to show you how you can use these for Christ.

Pray with Us

If You wanted us to work independently, You would have given us each spiritual gift in equal measure. Instead, You have distributed the gifts among us to make us interdependent. We praise You for Your unifying design!

BY Dr. John Koessler

John Koessler is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Church Ministries at Moody Bible Institute. John authors the “Practical Theology” column for Today in the Word of which he is also a contributing writer and theological editor. An award-winning author, John’s newest title is When God is Silent: Let the Bible Teach You to Pray (Kirkdale). Prior to joining the Moody faculty, he served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years. He and his wife, Jane, now enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan.

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