“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7
The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. In this chapter, he discusses some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are outlined for us in 1 Corinthians 12 and 28, Ephesians 4 and Romans 12. And we read that these gifts are given to us by God as He wills and not as we will. And we read that these gifts are given for the profit of all.
“There is a tendency today for some people to magnify the ‘sensational’ gifts. Some believers feel very guilty because they possess gifts that do not put them into the limelight. It is this attitude that Paul opposed and refuted in this paragraph. Diversity does not suggest inferiority. Are we to believe that the sovereign Lord made a mistake when He bestowed the gifts?” (Wiersbe)
God gives us gifts to use for the entire body of Christ, to benefit His church. There are many gifts given and when used properly they produce unity and not division. We are all different and offer different gifts. But unity and diversity can only be balanced by maturity. And how can we have maturity in the church if we do not know what gifts we’ve been given? And if we do know, how can the church benefit from your gifting if you are not using it?
Time is very short and there is so much to do but the “laborers are few”. As a Christ follower, are you being taught these things from a biblical standpoint? Or, are you still being fed milk from a bottle? Maybe it is time to mature in the Word and step out to find out what your gifting is and use it for the sake of the church? God doesn’t need us, but He certainly wants to use us if we will allow Him to. Will you bend your will to His will today? Maybe it’s time to put down the bottle of milk and pick up some carne asada!