Day 44 - the Spirit at work in the Church
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
1 Corinthians 12:1-7 (NLT)
Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
This is a two-parter. Today we are looking at verses 1-7, and tomorrow we will continue to verse 11.
Paul wants God’s people to be informed about the ways the Spirit works in them and how that looks. All throughout the Scriptures and throughout the history of God’s people, the Spirit of God has come upon specific people in specific times and places for what God has willed to be done, sometimes in special and unique ways. This is THE SAME Holy Spirit that resides in us. God’s Spirit is alive in us today, and each one of us has been given different gifts and abilities as God determines, and they are all a work of the same Spirit, empowering us to serve the same Lord.
We see that the reason for these spiritual gifts is for the building up and encouraging of the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is at work in each one of us so that we can help each other. They are given for us to serve others in love.
Also, as we experience the working of the Spirit through other believers, we can be certain that Jesus will always be glorified. No work of the Spirit would lead to Jesus Christ being accursed. The opposite is also true. Apart from the Spirit, no one can declare that Jesus is Lord.
These two truths are important for us, then, as we think about spiritual gifts. They are given for the building up of the body and for glory of Christ Jesus. Also, as verse 7 says, each one of us has been given a spiritual gift. Just as we read about Bezalel on day 8 of this devotional, God has uniquely gifted you for His glory, and that gift is meant to benefit others.
How has God uniquely gifted you by His Spirit? How is He inviting you to serve others in love?
Praise God for the godly passions He has put in you. Thank Him for how He has uniquely gifted you by His Spirit. If you are unsure of how God has gifted you or for what purpose ask the Lord to give you clarity in that and seek out help from another believer to learn more about that. Offer all that you are back to the Lord as worship today and ask Him to use you for His glory.