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1 Corinthians 12:4-11
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
We tell our children that they are unique and special. We pray our students will find a subject they’re passionate about and, preferably, good at. We hope our graduates have enough skills and interest in their chosen career. And it is the same in the church. God has knit us together in a specific way, gifting and equipping us for tasks, and calling us together at Shepherd of the Hills! As you reflect on this passage from 1 Corinthians, consider what gifts you have been given. What gifts has God given you for use in this part of the Body of Christ? Do you have a love of worship and music, gifts of prayer or hospitality, a love of the word of God… the list goes on and on. In prayer today, ask God how he has gifted you.