Daily Devotionals

Ghost: Week 5 - Monday

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 

1 Corinthians 12:4

When you were growing up, did your school have a "gifted" program? It is the class or group of students that are classified as having a higher aptitude than the rest of those in grade school. Those who were selected or tested into the program were separated from the rest of the other students and usually received extra perks. This separation between those who were gifted and the ones who were average can be somewhat painful as a student. Seeing a group of students that are regarded as special compared to all the rest can be hard to take in when you're not on the list.

Some public schools may work that way with "gifted" programs, but the good news is that inside the family of God, everyone is gifted. The Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual gifts. The point that Paul is making in this passage is that we all get a gift. God didn't just select the best and brightest, then pull them out from the rest of us to gift them. Instead, He gives spiritual gifts to everyone who puts their faith and hope in Him. The gifts that God gives aren't for the purpose of being held inside, or to be put up on a shelf to collect dust. Rather, we are to use the spiritual gifts that are given to us by the Holy Spirit.

You have been given a precious gift from God. That isn't to be taken lightly. God knows you intimately and how you are wired up with gifts, talents, and abilities. With that in mind, He gives each of us a spiritual gift that complements our personality. When God allows you to live and function inside of your gifting, you will find unspeakable joy.

This week, we hope and pray that you will go on a journey to discover your own spiritual gift. Work through the Daily Devotional this week, take the time to journal in the notes section, and we believe that by going through this process, you will see yourself in the "gifted" program!

Moving Toward Action

Knowing your own spiritual gift is so important. If you are a follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit wants to use your Spiritual Gift to make Jesus Christ known in this world. Take some time to write out below what your spiritual gift is and how you have seen God working through your gifts. If you haven't done it yet, we would encourage you to take the online spiritual gifts assessment here/. When you are done or if you already know your spiritual gifts, write them in the notes section. Then think through how you can best use your gifts to make Jesus known. https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/spiritual-gifts-survey/

Going Deeper

Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-31 (NLT)

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.

Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.