As I was thinking more on the subject of yesterday’s blog – A HOLY AMBITION, I began thinking about how God has gifted each member of the Body of Christ, the Church. 1 Corinthians 12 reminds us of the “variety of gifts, but the same Spirit and…the variety of service, but the same Lord” (12:4-5).
Paul gives several lists in different letters he has written, but my point here is not to review each of these gifts, but to reminds us of how they are all divinely placed in the Church by the Lord and the Spirit. Their intent was that all the gifts function together “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). This is the Spirit’s unity.
It is difficult to understand why some in the Church think they do not have a gift or do not need to use the gift they have been given. Remember that “each [gift] is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” through their gift (1 Corinthians 12:7). If I or you do not use the gift God has given us, we deprive the Body of Christ part of the variety He intended to be used so the whole body would grow and mature together; “built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).
If you are not using your God-given gift, what does that say about your heart toward the Giver? What will you say to Him on that final day? “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10). What is your AMBITION?
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