1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV
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 healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another 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.Imagine if you had a gift that could bring about change in the lives of your family and community. A gift that would encourage others and make their lives better. Who wouldn’t be overjoyed having such a gift?
Now imagine having such a gift and you have no idea that you have it and it never benefits anyone!
Now that would be a sad story wouldn’t it?Unfortunately that is the sad reality for many believers.
Every believer who has the Holy Spirit of God has a gift given to them by the Holy Spirit. Whether they know it or not, the gift is there. Verse 7 says “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” Key words EACH ONE! This then means that if you have no idea what gift you have been given then you are depriving the body of Christ because it is supposed to benefit from your gift.
Paul mentions 9 gifts in our key scriptures which are usually classified in 3 categories for easier understanding and remembrance.
The revelation gifts; Word of wisdom, Word of knowledge and Discerning of spirits.
The power gifts; Faith, Healing and Working of miracles.
The vocal gifts; Different kinds of tongues, Interpretation of tongues and Prophesy.
Different gifts given by the same Spirit as He wills for the purpose of profiting the body of Christ. As it is, we do nothing to deserve the gifts they are given because of Gods grace and neither do we choose the ones we want. The Spirit gives as He wills and none is greater than the other. We receive and operate in them by faith to build up the body and not for personal fame and recognition.
Do you know the spiritual gift you have been given by the Holy Spirit?
How are you using your gift for the benefit of all?
If you don’t know your gift ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you then step out in faith to use it to edify the body of Christ.