1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
God has a unique role for you to play in his family.
This is your ministry, and God has gifted you for your assignment: “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other” (1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT, second edition).
Your local fellowship is the place God designed for you to discover, develop, and use your gifts. You may also have a wider ministry, but that is in addition to your service in a local church. Jesus has not promised to build your ministry; he has promised to build his Church.
You will share in Christ’s mission in the world. When Jesus walked the earth, God worked through the physical body of Christ; today he uses his spiritual Body. The Church is God’s instrument on Earth.
We are not just to model God’s love by loving each other; we are to carry it together to the rest of the world. This is an incredible privilege we have been given together.
As members of Christ’s Body, we are his hands, his feet, his eyes, and his heart. He works through us in the world. We each have a contribution to make.
Paul tells us, “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing”(Ephesians 2:10 MSG).
Talk It Over
- What are your spiritual gifts? How are you using them to serve the Church?
- How are you modeling God’s love through your words and actions among believers? What about among non-believers?
- What do you think happens when you do not use the gifts God has given you to serve?