Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 12. After reading the Chapter, read the below to help you dive deeper. Conclude in Prayer.
How many times have we, in our services, have said "I don't think this is for me?," "I don't thing this is what I'm called to do," "This is not my gift." How many of us have desired to be something that are not our gifts, always looking to others' gifts in envy and desire? Does it not create disunity with our brothers and sisters, but also within ourselves? What happens is that our goal becomes the gift itself, making sure that our gifts are being done according to our desire and altered to our liking; we start to have a narrow-vision about our service, ministry and church. St. Paul starts the chapter saying "Now, concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant" (v. 1). Each of us have been freely given a spiritual gift, but ignorance produces pride, which blinds us.
Then what is the goal? If it's not the spiritual gifts themselves, what can it be? To be in one Body and in one Spirit, with all the members working together according to each person's gift. St. Paul says "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all...But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills" (v. 4-6, 11). St. Paul even addressed the people of Ephesus, saying "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (4:11). If we are unable to discover our spiritual gifts and/or receive them according to the will of God, does the Body of Christ not suffer?
Lord Jesus, I thank You for your loving-kindness. I thank You for handpicking me and my brothers/sisters with the best and unique gifts accordingly to Your Goodwill. Lord, I have not seen my gift as highly honored; I have looked over my shoulder in envy of the the different members, yearning and desiring to be as such. It has caused me much sadness and anger. You are the one who commanded us to not dishonor those who are seemingly less and to look at envy to those who are seemingly wealthy for the sake of having more love and harmony, but I have looked to my brother/sister in a lowly state. It is our lack of confidence in You that causes us to throw our gift to the wayside; it is our pride that causes divisions within our church. Grant us Your love that will compel us to use our role so we are able to serve and seek the well-being of others. I ask You, O Holy Trinity, to give us Your Strength and Clarity. I ask that we are able to cling to You, so that we are taught according to Your Ways and Will that will then mend us members together. O Father, I ask we receive from Your abundant Source, O Son, we continue in Your Ministry, O Holy Spirit, we receive from You and work through Your Strength and Wisdom. Amen.
Posted on Mon, February 6, 2017
by Mathew Shehata