Dear Brothers and Sisters,
What are your gifts? How can you cultivate them? How can you use them for the common good? What do you have in you that comes from God?
Some of you may recall that over the last year I started learning and talking more about Paul. This Sunday in DiscipleChurch, Paul’s words in his first letter to the Corinthians are speaking to me, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, which is also one of the lectionary passages.
This is also one of the passages that just did not make any sense to me, did not seem relevant to me or modern life, and turned me away from Paul. This is one of several passages where Paul talks about Spiritual gifts, including wisdom, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, and various kinds of tongues. It did not make sense to me because miracles and healing did not seem like a part of modern life, and really I thought the passage was mainly about talking in tongues. Although it does emphasize that words are important, now I think talking in tongues is the least important part of the passage.
Consider these three verses: “There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries but the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
We are all different, and we all have different gifts. No one has all of them, and no one needs all of them to connect with God’s Spirit. There are many gifts, one Spirit, and one Spirit that is in everyone! That draws me a lot closer to God than the idea of talking in tongues. And now you see where those introductory questions are coming from, but I am still not sure where they will lead me by Sunday morning. If the Spirit moves you to get up early on a Sunday, come join us for worship in the Chapel, where all are welcome.
Love and peace to all,