Reflection on 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

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Scripture

All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Observation

The Holy Spirit honours Christ, so nobody under the Spirit’s influence will say “Jesus be cursed.”

There are many gifts and services in the church, but it is the Holy Spirit who directs and activates them. Although these gifts are diverse, they are all given by the same Spirit.

The gifts are like different parts of the body. Regardless of where we come from or our social standing, the Spirit is poured out on each person for the sake of the body of Christ.

Application

The Spirit manifests through every person who is a follower of Jesus. We don’t get to pick and choose which of these manifestations we prefer- it is all at the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Some of these gifts are for revelation- words of knowledge and wisdom, discernment of spirits. Some of them are for speaking with- tongues and interpretation, prophecy. Other gifts are for action- faith, miracles and healing.

To be used by the Spirit we need to be listening to the Spirit and ready to do what He directs us to do.

Prayer

Holy Spirit come and fill me. Help me to hear you and to partner with you in your mighty, holy works. Amen.

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