S (Scripture): 1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
O (Observation): Paul encourages Jesus’ followers to acknowledge the work of the Spirit in their midst. Everyone has a gift of the Spiritnti share for the common good. Gifts of the Spirit are not made for the individual, but for the whole community. And no one should be jealous of another’s gift, for we are all working towards the common good.
The one Spirit gives these gifts for God’s people (and thus, for the benefit of the whole world).
A (Application): The hardest part about being a Christian…is other Christians : )
We are one church, one body, despite our differences and despite our theologies: we are on in Jesus Christ. We don’t want to acknowledge this, quite often, especially when our political leanings take control of our frontal cortex : )
We want our religion to fit into our boxes that we have constructed. And if anything is outside of that, we dislike it or dismiss it.
When we see others using a spiritual gift that we don’t have, instead of celebrating, we typically wonder why we don’t have that gift? Or why that other person is “showing off.” (I don’t think people are showing off when they use their gifts, that’s just our perception, quite often.)
So, let us celebrate our ONEness in Christ Jesus.
May you own and use that gift of the Spirit for the common good.
May you celebrate when others use theirs.
P (Prayer): Lord, what is up with these spiritual gifts and all the division? Help us, O Lord, to be one in practice and spirit. Amen.