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The secret to receiving the gifts of God's Spirit

Monday 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12 (NRSV)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 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.

Paul says everyone filled with the Holy Spirit has one or more gifts for the common good, and everyone has particular areas of interest and service that no one else has. You are unique. As a result, you are essential to the body of Christ.

If you decide to withdraw because you are too shy or too hurt or too uncertain or too (something), the body of Christ can function without you, just like a

human body can function without the gift of sight or hearing or smell. But it’s not the best when a gift is missing. The body will be hampered in its ability. It still may accomplish amazing things. But it could have done much more with all the people having developed their gifts and using them well for the common good.

What areas of service are you most interested in?

What activities are you most interested in?

Tuesday
Here is a list of some of the gifts mentioned as being given by the Spirit at various spots in the Bible. Some of the references explicitly mention the gift, others are examples of situations where the gift may be in action. Various English translations may use different words for the gift.

Administration The ability to organize people and systems so they reach their full potential. This gift is noted in 1 Corinthians 12:28. Translations vary widely in the word they use for this gift -- administering, managing, governments, etc. Examples of the gift in action: Acts 6:1-7, Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23

Apostolic anointing The ability to launch large-scale movements in God’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:11-13

Arts and crafts The ability to express oneself creatively. Exodus 31:3-11

Benevolence / generosity The ability to bless others and provide for their support. Romans 10:6-8, Philippians 2:5-8, 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

Celibacy The ability to withstand sexual temptation and enjoy being single. 1 Corinthians 7:7-8, Matthew 19:10-12

Discernment of spirits The ability to know what is good (even if it appears undesirable) and what is evil (even if it appears attractive). 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 John 4:1-6

Which of these gifts do you have?

Which do you want more of?

Wednesday
Some more of the gifts mentioned as being given by the Spirit at various spots in the Bible. Some of the references explicitly mention the gift, others are examples of situations where the gift may be in action. Various English translations may use different words for the gift.

Evangelism The ability to effectively communicate the good news about God’s kingdom. Ephesians 4:11-14

Exhortation The ability to tell people the truth even when they don’t want to hear it. Romans 12:6-8, Hebrews 2:40, 3:13, 10:24-25, Acts 11:23-24, Luke 3:16-18

Exorcism The ability to set people free from captivity to evil spirits, from evil patterns of thought and behavior, and from illnesses caused by spirits. Exorcism may not really belong on this list; Jesus gave his disciples the power to cast out demons long before they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. But it’s included here because it is so helpful, it is so closely tied to the ministry of Jesus, and it closely ties to other gifts of the Spirit (like discernment of spirits). Mark 6:7-13, 16:15-18, Matthew 10:7-8

Faith The ability to believe the truth when others can only see their fears or how things appear. 1 Corinthians 12:9, 13:13

Healing The ability to set people free from mental, spiritual, emotional or physical illness.
1 Corinthians 12:9, Acts 3:1-8, 5:12-15, 9:32-35

Helps/Serving The ability to assist where needed. 1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 16:1-2

Which of the gifts do you have?

Which do you want more of?

Thursday
Some more of the gifts mentioned as being given by the Spirit at various spots in the Bible. Some of the references explicitly mention the gift, others are examples of situations where the gift may be in action. Various English translations may use different words for the gift.

Hospitality The ability to be welcoming and gracious, entertaining others with mercy. 1 Peter 4:7-11

Intercession The ability to stand in the gap between God and people. Romans 8:26-27

Interpretation of other languages The ability to understand languages you don’t know. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Knowledge The ability to know things beyond what you’ve already learned. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Leadership The ability to guide people and organizations. Romans 12:6-8

Mercy The ability to have compassion. Romans 12:6-8

Which of the gifts do you have?

Which do you want more of?

Friday
Some more of the gifts mentioned as being given by the Spirit at various spots in the Bible. Some of the references explicitly mention the gift, others are examples of situations where the gift may be in action. Various English translations may use different words for the gift.

Miracles The ability to do what others think is impossible. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Prophecy The ability to encourage, uphold and console, sometimes by telling people God’s future intent. Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 14

Shepherding / pastoring The ability to help groups of people, guarding them from danger and guiding them to resources they need. Ephesians 4:11

Speaking in other languages The ability to speak in a language you do not know about God’s deeds of power or to talk to God in a language you do not know. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Corinthians 14

Teaching The ability to instruct others about God’s kingdom in ways they can comprehend. Romans 12:6-8

Wisdom The ability to see to what is best. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Which of the gifts do you have?

Which of the gifts do you want more of?

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Saturday 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NRSV)
Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy.

First Corinthians 13 is about the importance of love. It describes how, without love, it doesn’t matter how gifted you are. In chapter 14, Paul returns to the discussion of spiritual gifts and says that besides pursing love we should strive for the spiritual gifts – in other words, we don’t wait passively for something to happen, but we get practice and training, we surround ourselves with good examples, we take assertive action.

A person in high school might be the best in his or her circle of friends at a particular sport or activity. They might not be challenged by their peers to strive to be much better. But if they enter a national competition, suddenly they see what others are doing who are good at their skill in other cities. Once people see what’s possible, they are often motivated to expand what they are capable of.

Now here's a secret that will help you get the most out of the amazing gifts of God has given to you: You need to practice, get training, stretch your ability, and grow. What you receive at first might not look very valuable. It may seem like you haven't gotten any gift at all, it's so small. Use what you get. You'll get more. But if you don't use it because it doesn't seem like much, you'll never get to the spot of amazement.

Which of the gifts mentioned Tuesday through Friday do you have?

Which are you striving to get better at?

Which of the gifts do you want more of?

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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