How Are You Using Your Gifts? (I Corinthians 11-12)

 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. I Corinthians 12:7

Each time I read Paul’s teaching concerning spiritual gifts, I find no less than three emotional responses:

  • I am thankful for the empowering gifts from the Holy Spirit.
  • I am appreciative for all in the body of Christ who use their gifts for the common good.
  • I am determined to engage in deeper prayer for all those who are not sharing their gifts with the body of Christ.

Paul writes: “Our gifts, given by the Holy Spirit are intended (purpose) for the common good of the body of Christ.”

Since Covid-19 I have witnessed people over and over pulling back from their use of their gifts for the common good. Paul writes: “God arranged the members in the body, each as He chose,” 12:8. Paul is reminding us that God places every member in specific churches (12:11) for the purpose of the common good.

Oh how thankful I am for all who serve in their giftedness at JFBC. Each week so many do the work of ministry for the common good. Through the years our Children have been taught the love of Christ and the deep truths of God’s Word by those who give away what God has given them. In Student Ministry our students have experienced the continued love and direction of God’s Word in their most crucial days of life. In College Ministry our leaders have held-onto our young adults as they have sacrificed countless hours in listening too, praying with, and challenging our kids to be all God created them to be. It is the same in the Adult Ministry as people use their gifts to continue to mature the body of Christ.

Brothers and sisters, where would we be if the body stayed home on Sunday? Today, I am more determined than every to make sure Covid-19 does not become a tool in the hands of Satan to rob people of the blessing of serving others.

I have 4 questions for you to answer:

  1. What gifts has God given you?
  2. What are you doing with your gifts?
  3. What have you seen the Lord accomplish with your gifts?
  4. Why, if this is the case, are you not using your gifts?

Because of God’s placement of people in the body at JFBC, I am well cared for. Thanks to all who are serving the Lord. At the same time, I cry out, come alive again and use your gifts for the common good of others.

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