PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Spiritual Gifts for the Common GoodMarcus Sanders
1 Cor. 12:7 “To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
Gifted people stick out among the crowd. In today's world, companies look for gifted people to lead. Success is a much-appreciated word in the corporate world. Competition is the name of the game. To eliminate rivals would grant a stronger and prosperous future for the winning business. That’s why gifted leaders are sought out. Because when you come down to the success of companies it will be the strategies of the leader. Paul gives a history account of the Corinthian Christian, “You know that when you were unbelievers you were led astray by mute idols.” He could be saying in one sense you were in life for yourselves. Your gifts were for your edification and whatever you could get out of life. In your religious faith you tried to manipulate the gods offerings. But now God’s Spirit is in you. You are now empowered to bless others with your spiritual gifts. The reason you have spiritual gifts is to help, bless and encourage others for the common good. The Church is diverse in the manifestation of spiritual gifts but at the same time is unified in faith.
I know how important it is to have diversity of gifts within the body of Christ. Paul compares it to a human body. I tried to imagine what I looked like with hands and head with no feet. I could think and touch but I don’t go anywhere. What about feet and hands without head, I could go somewhere with touch but be a zombie with no purpose or direction. That is the power of diversity of spiritual gifted people within the Church. There is more of completing than competing with each other. There is a holistic expression in serving, helping and encouraging others for the common good. On a personal note, God gave me spiritual gifts like teaching, leading and serving to help and encourage others towards Jesus. The important thing about serving in my gifts is that they flow through my hands and not my head. A great reminder and word picture when I think about gifts is “hands”. Hands keep me focused on serving others for the common good.
Father I’m call to represent your heart in service. With the gifts you’ve given me I will do my best to serve you with an excellent heart. I am only a part of the body with my gifting. Bring together the body you have designed for New Hope Aiea that we can complete the work you have for us. My heart is that the church body with spiritual gifts will impact the community for Jesus