Read 1 Corinthians 12:3-13
3I want you to know that no one who is led by God’s Spirit can say “A curse on Jesus!” and no one can confess “Jesus is Lord”, without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. 6There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. 7The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. 8The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge. 9One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal. 10The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God’s message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said. 11But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
12 Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. 13In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.
Two things that stand out for me in this passage; verse 7 emphasizes that the Spirit is given to each person for the good of the whole community and not just for themselves. And verse 11 explains that the Spirit gives as the Spirit wishes.
The Holy Spirit's gifts are not for individuals, they are for a community.
Lord, sometimes the idea of Spiritual gifts scares me a little; but when I remember that you Jesus are the same as the Spirit I know that you are gentle and kind. Help me to trust you for the gifts that I need to serve the good of my community.
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