‘To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. ‘
1 Corinthians 12:7,12,18
As a Christian, the Holy Spirit shows Himself in our life in different ways. We ALL are gifted and are given the POWER and AUTHORITY to use those gifts. These verses say that we all have a role to play in the church, the body of Christ. And we are to use them to bring up the church. What are your giftings? How has the Holy Spirit been manifested in you?
This is one area that I struggled with for a season. As a Pentecostal, the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is represented by the speaking of tongues. As far as I know, I do not think I can speak in tongues. This troubled me because I felt if I couldn’t speak in tongues, then the Holy Spirit didn’t reside in me. I was filled with doubt and cried because I felt I was not even a Christian. I was reassured by pastor Toru, that the doubts I had were nothing but doubt and not the truth. He explained that we are not all gifted the same way, but we are powerfully endowed with gifts of the Holy Spirit. Things I need to do is:
1) Hone the gifts I have been given. God has given me a passion to speak His Word and that means I need to studying even more so!
2) Discover new gifts. At the end of 1 Corinthians 12 in verse 31, it reads, “’ But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. ‘ We are not only to hone the gifts we have but to seek out other gifts. As seasons change, our giftings will change. I think it is about time to take another spiritual gifts test!!
Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for the Holy Spirit! Thank you have given each of your children gifts to be used for the common good of not only the church but to witness to others. I ask for your guidance to point out new gifts that you have blessed me with and also ask for the discipline to hone the ones you have blessed me with! I love you and thank you! Please grant healing to those who have been affected by the Coronavirus. I pray your hand upon Japan, its leaders, the churches, and the hearts of the people. I ask that you use creative and effective ways to bring Your Light into this World. Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done on this earth as it is in heaven! I love you! In Your Name, Jesus. Amen!