The Greatest Spiritual Gift

handsWhen two or more are gathered in the faith, know that the Holy Spirit is among them.

 

Scripture for thought today:

1 Corinthians 12:4-14   New King James Version

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, and to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discerning of spirits, to another a different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”

Reflection:

We each have been given gifts– unique to us– talents, skills, intelligence, hearts with the capacity for compassion, love, charity, empathy, and the gifts of patience.  We all have different qualities about us that make us unique and special individuals. God didn’t give us these gifts and unique attributes for no reason. He gave us these gifts and talents expecting us to put them to good use, doing His work and fulfilling His will. God bestowed upon us all the things He feels we need to overcome our challenges and trials and tribulations. Nothing He gave us was wasted or without meaning or potential.

Some of us need help finding or recognizing our gifts.  Some of us are afraid to put our gifts to use.  Some of us see our problems and challenges before we consider our gifts.  Some of us feel our gifts of the Spirit are no match for the mountainous, overwhelming challenges and problems we face.

The greatest gift of all, in my opinion, is the ability to gather in numbers in faith, and to meet the challenges and trials we face as a body of individuals united for a common cause– our mutual well-being. There is strength in numbers.  No one has to feel alone in their troubles. No one has to feel left out. Problems shared are opportunities for gifts to be shared. Two heads are better than one and we are all in this world together.  When two or more persons of faith have gathered, the Holy Spirit is among them. God is a giving God– the great provider.  What we do with what He provides makes the difference!

 

 

 

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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