God is relational. He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. The chasm that sin created between God and man was too much for His father heart. Being in relationship with mankind was so important to God that He sent Jesus to restore the broken connection. If God had stopped there it would have been enough, but His love is extravagant! As sons and daughters, we have been given an inheritance that will not perish, spoil, or fade (1 Peter 1:4). God in His goodness has given us gifts as a part of our inheritance!
The purpose of gifts
Romans 12:5-8 – “5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
The gifts we’ve been given are for one another. As verse 5 tells us, “each member belongs to all the others“. We belong to one another and we can wield the gifts God has given us to build up the Body of Christ. The gifts highlighted in this passage – prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and mercy – are all gifts that we can use to build one another up.
Holy Spirit has some for us too!
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 – “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a word of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 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. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines”
Just before Jesus left the earth He instructed the disciples to not leave Jerusalem, but to “wait for the gift My Father had promised” (Acts 1:4). One chapter later, the Holy Spirit falls on the believers bringing gifts that would empower them to share the Gospel. Gifts of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, and interpretation of tongues were release in that moment. As believers we have access to the gifts the Holy Spirit gives, but why? Here again in 1 Corinthians 12, we see that the Holy Spirit’s gifts were given for the “common good“.
The hope of glory, Christ in us!
The purpose of the gifts we have been given are to help us fulfill the Great Commission. We are called, as believers, to “Go, make disciples…”. By wielding the gifts such as love, prophecy, serving, healing, teaching…,pre-believers encounter God, experience Holy Spirit, and are introduced to Jesus. Gifts are weapons in the Kingdom of God.
Which of these are you wielding at home, school, or work? Are others encountering the power, presence, and love of God as you wield the gifts you’ve been given? There is a world out there that needs the Way, Truth, and Life that we carry!
Will you go make disciples with your gifts?