“Your Demonstration Of The Spirit” ( 1 Corinthians 12: 7, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial;” and “the same God activates each gift in each person.” (Hebrews 12:6)

Notice each person is gifted with “a demonstration of the Spirit;” and this gift is activated by God. In these simple statements by Paul, we learn that we all have a gift of the Spirit and that these gifts are put in motion by God Himself.  Now, Paul does exhort us to seek the greater gifts — the ‘greater gifts’ we are to seek are unity and love — gifts we each must have as Christians. But the gifts of the Spirit of which he now speaks are listed for us: “a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, the performing of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, different kinds of languages, interpretation of languages.” (Hebrews 12:8-10) Notice that God the Holy Spirit “is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.” (Hebrews 12:11) Which “demonstration of the Spirit” we are given is not our choice; that’s why Paul calls these “gifts.” They are not skills we learn; they are manifestations of God within us.

Not all of us have every gift. “For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.” (Hebrews 12:12) I have one gift of the Spirit; you have another. I need you; you need me.

We are not to argue with one another over whose gift is superior. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ ” (Hebrews 12:21)

“God has put the body together, so that there would be no division in the body, but the members should have the same concern for each other.” (Hebrews 12:24,25)

Therefore, do seek the greater gifts of love and unity, but be satisfied with whatever “demonstration of the Spirit” your God has chosen to give you. Do not be conceited, as Paul says. And, on the other hand, do not think less of yourself due to a gift your God knows is best for you. Amen!

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