“According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of faith;” Romans 12:6 (HCSB)
We noticed that this idea of grace is the power and equipment to do what God has called us to do. Paul begins a section that we will look at over the next few days, speaking of what we call Spiritual Gifts. Paul is going to speak to us of seven “gifts” that are used for the furtherance of God’s work. This is not a definitive list. Other passages refer to some different gifts in the New Testament.
Two things to consider today, before we look at the seven listed. First, God gives these charismata or spiritual gifts freely to us. They are His way of empowering and providing for us to accomplish His work. They are not to make us something special – they are to make Him special. We cannot fail when we have the power of God on us.
Second, the word used here for different (diaphorus) means “various kinds.” This means that each of the gifts are distinct from each other, yet they are all given by God for His purpose. We cannot look down on one gift – or elevate another to a higher plane. They are created, chosen, and conferred by God. In fact, they are all equally necessary in the Kingdom.
Over the next few days, ponder the gifts that God entrusts to us. Find yours. Pray for wisdom to use it to help MCS fulfill what God has called us to do.
For Kingdom Education,