|Today’s Scripture: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10|
|So many times spiritual gifts are used to cause divisions instead of helping others. Often, people see spiritual gifts as indicators of levels of importance and spirituality when, in fact, there is nothing of the kind in Scripture. Some churches teach if you don’t speak in tongues, you aren’t saved. Yet, this is in direct opposition to God’s Word. Rather, the Bible tells us there are many gifts, and not everyone has any one particular gift.
The Apostle Paul dealt with this issue considerably with the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul explained there are diversities of gifts and the Spirit divides them as He will. He went on to illustrate that just as a physical body has many different members which do different things, the body of Christ has different members with different gifts. He explained, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:28) There is an order to follow in the church, where Christ is the head, then the apostles, prophets, teachers, and so forth, but there is not a gift better than another.
He asked them, “Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?” (1 Corinthians 12:29-30) Obviously, the answer is no. The Corinthians were coveting the gifts they considered better: miracles, healings, tongues, and anything that had an outward display so that they would be seen. The Apostle Paul responded by saying, “And yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31) He then explained that no matter what gift you have, it is nothing without love.
Whatever your gift is, it is valuable. Your gift is just as valuable as anyone else’s. It was given by God that you might help and minister to others. No matter how flashy or subdued it may seem, it can make the difference in someone’s life. Your gifts can be used to help others; all you need is love for one another.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder