As Paul addresses the questions of the church in Corinth regarding spiritual gifts, he first established that there is one Lord over all, Jesus Christ. Then, he pointed out that there are many gifts, all from the same Holy Spirit; there are many forms of service, but all for one Lord; and the work of God in our lives takes many different forms in the lives of His various people.Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, tree, grass, outdoor and natureSo true spiritual gifts to the Church of Jesus Christ all have one source. They also, Paul says, have one purpose. “A spiritual gift is given to each of us, so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT

The spiritual gifts of God to His church are given so that we can help one another, individually and collectively. God wants His church to be healthy and vibrant, to grow stronger and brighter and more like Himself. In His wisdom, He not only opened Himself to a personal relationship with each one of us; He has given to others spiritual gifts to share with us, and to us spiritual gifts to share with others.

The gift or gifts that God has given to each of us are not for our own growth alone. They are intended to be shared with others, to help others grow in their faith. And God has made it so that there is someone else, another member of His Church, who has a gift that will help you grow in your faith.

I once heard a story of some African Christians describing their walk with Christ. “First, the roofs of our huts came off, and the light of God shined upon us; then, our walls came down, and we discovered our neighbors.” Just so. God has given you a gift to share with your neighbor; He has given your neighbor a gift to share with you. May we all find and follow His will for us.

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