Living in the Spirit … I Receive Diverse Gifts
In the Word
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7).
Of the Word
The Scriptures are filled with examples of godly men and women who used their gifts in God's service.
Bezalel was a specially-gifted craftsman who could work with metals, wood, and precious stones. (Exodus 31:1–5) Aged Anna served faithfully in the Temple, worshipping, fasting, and praying. (Luke 2:36–38) When Jesus visited in Bethany, His good friends Mary and Martha graciously opened their home to Him. (Luke 10:38–42) What a diversity of gifts — and all for use in God's kingdom!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us (Romans 12:6a).
What are your gifts? Are you a greeter, a cook, a seamstress, a gardener, a plumber, a flower arranger, a painter, a listener, a prayer warrior? No matter what the gift, it is from God and it is meant for giving Him glory.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, Giver of all good gifts, thank You for making me and blessing me with gifts and abilities. Forgive me for ignoring them or misusing them. Make me more aware of being a good steward of all You have given me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in the Spirit. Authors: Marcia Gomulka, Dcs. Betty Knapp, Myrna Lou Meyer. 10/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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