Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Observation: Paul shares that, as believers, we all have spiritual gifts. Those gifts are different but they all come from the same Lord. These gifts were intended to help each other and build up the church.
Application: Did anyone else out there ever receive a “collectible toy” as a kid? One year for my birthday, a friend gave me a “collectible” Barbie – one of those gorgeous Barbies in a ruby red ball gown, dotted with sequins and finished off with a pair of glittery, sparkling shoes. As I went to tear into the box, my friend’s mom suddenly stopped me, informing me this was a “special” Barbie, and I should keep her in the box. What?! My eight-year-old self was outraged. What fun was a Barbie that couldn’t be used? I wanted to take it out, name it, play with it in my Barbie dream house and doll-sized McDonald’s, not let it sit on a shelf looking nice but collecting dust. Worst. Gift. Ever.
Thankfully, spiritual gifts are nothing like collectible Barbies.
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” (verse 7)
Spiritual gifts aren’t supposed to sit in a box on a shelf, collecting dust. They’re meant to be used, even if we’re not quite sure how exactly to use them yet. They were given to us for a purpose – so that we can help each other. Our gifts are vastly different (just look at all the gifts Paul talks about in verses 8-10), but they’re all tied together by one thing:
“It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” (verse 11)
These gifts are sacred and purposeful and uniquely ours. Don’t waste a minute having a spiritual gift but neglecting to use it because of your own fear or insecurities or lack of confidence. Your purpose is great, and you’re equipped with everything you need. It’s time to take those gifts off the shelf, dust them off, open the box, and use them to glorify God.
Prayer: God, I pray you’ll reveal our spiritual gifts to us, that you’ll help us find new ways to use them. I pray we’ll use them with confidence to build up the church and the people around us, continually bringing honor and glory to your name above all. Amen.