Sunday, March 22, 2020

In their own words: Day 26

1 Corinthians 12.4-7

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Paul tries to restore harmony to the Corinthian church (see yesterday) by reminding them that their different gifts complement each other. Some display “showy” gifts like preaching and ecstatic prayer. Others offer more mundane ministries, caring for others or helping to organise the church. The Corinthians are ranking the former gifts as more valuable than the latter, but , Paul says, they should treasure all of them, because all are needed, and given by God.

·         What do you see as your gifts?  Do you look up to others who have gifts or talents you would like to have? Are your gifts being valued and used by the church – if not, what might you need to do to make sure they are?

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