1 Corinthians 12:4–7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
It’s playoff football time, and teams are competing at the highest level of the year. The reason why the games are more exciting isn’t just because of the chance of elimination, but because every member of the team has found the rhythm of his specific role. A football team is more than a quarterback—it takes 21 other players, and their backups, to win a game. When players can fully understand their roles and how they contribute to a common goal, teams find success.
As Jesus followers we all have different gifts; some are teachers, some are intellects, some are administrators. Others have a high gift of empathy or are strong leaders. Regardless of the role we play, we have a common goal—to help people meet, know, and follow Jesus. The common good referred to in today’s passage is the Good News of Jesus and the hope He can bring to everyone everywhere.
Through the Holy Spirit, our gifts are given life and power and we can find ourselves making a more significant impact than we could have ever imagined. What do you think your spiritual gift is? What are some ways you can use it this week?
Prayer: God, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit and giving me power after I say yes to You. Thank You for the specific way you’ve wired me, with the gifts and personality I have. Allow me to seek and seize opportunities to help others know You.