There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Michael Jordan. Wayne Gretzky. Babe Ruth.
You don’t necessarily have to watch sports to know these names.
In team sports, there are a variety of positions occupied by various players. More attention is, of course, given to an athlete who stands out as strong as those I’ve mentioned. However, whenever Michael Jordan was interviewed following big wins, he typically gave credit to his teammates. Wayne Gretzky, from Edmonton to Los Angeles to New York, had particular enforcers included in those deals to keep him protected.
As great as those players were, their success is measured as a team effort. It took being surrounded with capable teammates to help set up plays and provide assists in order to get those high statistics. Nothing taken away from any of them, but in their respective sports, it took a collective effort, just as it does with any team sport.
As a church, we function in much the same way. We have common goals, common beliefs. Many people share a common history in being long-time members of a church. We pray together, worship together, and even with all that unifies us, we still walk individual journeys in God’s company.
When it comes to the well-being or providing service to your church, it’s a team effort. We each have our own unique strengths and skills, our own spiritual gifts. When we talk about those gifts, what weâ€™re really referring to is how the presence of Godâ€™s Spirit shines through us.
Even though the Spirit of God is present within each of us, the way it manifests is different, represented in a variety of skills and talents. Allowing room for the Spirit to shine through us in those personal strengths deepens our faith.
Why does scripture says God gives these gifts?
For the common good.
This lets us know that our gifts are not just for our own personal benefit, but they’re meant to be applied in a team effort to accomplish goals collectively. God has given us gifts to build up each other, and in turn to build up the body of believers. As we approach the end of another church year, we also approach the beginning of a new one, full of opportunities to apply your own unique skill set for the common good of Knightdale Baptist.
It’s a team effort.
How will you use your gifts?