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Devotional - week of November 23, 2003


THOSE OTHER "GIFTED GIFTS" TO THE CHURCH

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  1 Corinthians 12:7

In Ephesians the Apostle Paul lists several church leaders he calls “gifts” of the Lord to the church.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers  … Ephesians 4:11

He then adds that the work of these “gifted gifts” is the “equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry …” Ephesians 4:12a

The larger context of 1 Corinthians 12:7 reveals that each member of the church has been gifted by the Lord for the benefit of the entire church.

The conclusion of the overall passage is that not just the leaders are “gifted gifts” to the church but each member is a “gifted gift” to the church.

You may not be the pastor-teacher of your church, but you are a gift to the church as much as he is. You should think of yourself as a “gifted gift” to your church.

All members of the church must keep in mind two things: our church will suffer without the ministry of our God-given gifts, and our church will suffer if we seek to serve in areas where God has not gifted us.

We must have a willingness to use our gifts for the church and to use them in the appropriate areas.

Therefore, it is necessary that we know what our gifts are.

Some have sought to discover their gifts by self-examination. That approach is not spiritually healthy because our minds are too much on ourselves. There is a better way.

Let us live out the new-creation life and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit. He will place us in the areas in which we have been gifted—benefiting the entire church.