Reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 12-16
As followers of Jesus Christ, we receive the Spirit from God. Through our baptism we become part of the family of God. When we accept Christ as the Lord of our life, we are blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is the Spirit that helps us to discern and understand the things of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we come to know the gifts and talents that God has blessed us with and how to use them for the glory of God.
Paul writes to the church in Corinth to encourage them and to spur them on to action. Paul reminds them that when they allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them that they will speak not with human words and wisdom but instead they will speak words taught by the Spirit. With the power of the Holy Spirit they will speak to others “expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words”. God will fill them with “the mind of Christ” so that they are able to share Jesus’ light and love with others.
Both remain true today. God has blessed every member of every church with gifts to be used for the kingdom. As members of the body of Christ, we are called to help each other discover our gifts and talents. We do this through fellowship, by getting to know one another, and by inviting one another to come along as we go forth to serve Christ in the world. We also do this through prayer and study, allowing the Spirit time and space to reveal who God created us to be. Once we know our gifts and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the use of our gifts, then through the power of God we will be able to do great things for the kingdom of God.
May we each play our role well – both by seeking the Holy Spirit and by faithfully serving God with the gifts we have been blessed with. May we each be kingdom builders today.