Monday, August 20, 2012

Spiritual Gifts for Today

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage (for Tues., Aug. 21)
I Corinthians 14:1-17

Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. I Corinthians 14:12 (NKJV)

Spiritual gifts is a very exciting topic. This is the realm in which God the Holy Spirit imparts to believers all the various abilities and enablements we find in Scripture. 

I am convinced that most believers settle for far less than what God wants to give us. When we look into Scripture we see something of the way God operates. Most people think that those things happened in Scripture but could never happen through us today. 

Paul speaks directly to us when he says that we ought have white-hot desire to see God's gifts operate around us RIGHT NOW. We are living in BIBLE TIMES -- not the days in which the Bible was written, but the days in which the Bible is FULFILLED!

So, why does God want to do these things through us?  His aim is not to make us "super stars". His objective is not to see how many spiritual fireworks He can set off through your touch. His objective is to BUILD UP THE BRIDE. 

God has granted wonderful and precious gifts to each and every believer. He has done this so that together we might add up to look like Jesus. Each of us has a part of Jesus' ministry. When all these operate together, the church - the body of Christ -- is built up. And that is EXCELLENT!

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