Individuality and Spiritual Gifts8:28 PM
This summer I have been tackling the New Testament (altogether) for the first time. It's been a journey, one where I've learned a lot, and I've finally made it to 1 Corinthians. Something really special in 1 Corinthians is the talk of spiritual gifts and our individuality and importance in the big picture of God's plan.
With so much going on in the media and politics, it's important to remember that we of faith must stand together.
We are individuals that must work as one.
God has blessed each one of us with unique gifts- faith, patience, speech, knowledge, mercy, giving, service, etc. These are gifts that we as Christians can use to be apart of His plan and the bigger story of life.
On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body we think less honorable we clothe with great honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect... (1 Cor. 12: 22-23). The most beautiful thing is that no one is left out- no matter their weaknesses or failings, everyone has spiritual gifts. We are all needed. Not one person is more important than the others. God needs us, everyday, average people to change and mold the world in His image.
The body does not consist of one member but of many (1 Cor. 12:12). It cannot be done alone. Without the eyes, we cannot see. Without the legs, we cannot walk. There is too much at stake to be so full of hate that we cannot work together.
We're at a time of great divide in the country and in the world, just as Corinth was at the time of Paul's letter. It's ironic, because it's times like these when we need to stand together in order to make things better.
It's up to us to use our gifts for the common good. Everyone is worthy of God's love and gifts, and we need everyone.
A few months ago, I was really unsure of what my spiritual gifts were. I can see them now, but at the time I was introduced to a spiritual gifts test online. I took it and discovered a few of my gifts- mercy, serving, discernment, and wisdom. You can take the test here too!
What are you spiritual gifts and how do you plan on using them?
Bye for now,