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The Holy Spirit Study 4: Giver of Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit Today Day 4 – Giver of Spiritual Gifts

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:6-8, ESV)

“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 in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, ESV)

Every December, we hear a lot about Santa Claus—a fabled character who brings presents to good girls and boys on Christmas morning. We often might say, “I wish he were real—wouldn’t that just be the coolest thing?” And while Santa is, unfortunately, not a real person, we love following the tradition of giving good gifts to our own children. But giving gifts—good gifts—is something we can appreciate about the Holy Spirit, and He is real! 

A misconception that some might have about our spiritual gifts is that we receive them as we mature in our faith. The Bible doesn’t teach that, though. Instead, we are instructed that at the time of our conversion by faith in Jesus as Savior, we are given specific spiritual gifts which we are to discover and grow. These gifts are meant to be used, appreciated, and developed for the purposes of the Lord and for the good of the Body of Christ. How rude if we were to receive gifts from the Spirit and not show interest in developing them nor using them to bring glory to our Savior and His people!

The Spirit, in His kindness and generosity, has given each of us specific gifts and fitted us for the work He has called us to. If we are given the gift of leadership, His desire is that we would grow in our faith and then allow our gift to help lead His people in our local church. If we are given the gift of showing mercy, His desire is that we would develop in our faith and use our gift of mercy to be a compassionate help to the fellow believers with whom we worship. Whatever gift He has given us, He will equip us to use it for His glory.

How kind of the Spirit to gift us with mutually beneficial gifts, all blending together so that the needs of the local church body are met. If you’ve not taken time to discover the gift(s) the Spirit has given you, might you do so. If you need fellow believers to help you discover what He has gifted you with, don’t be afraid to ask. Oftentimes, when we are young in our faith, older or more seasoned believers may recognize our gift before we do. Discovering and then using your gift(s) will encourage and help others and will fill you with great joy and fulfillment, as well as bring joy to the Spirit at work inside of you.

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