Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is
given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7
was once a boy who always wanted a pair of skates. One year for
Christmas, his dad bought him the pair of skates that he wanted.
The boy did not want to ruin his skates or share it with the
other kids and so he never took the skates out of his room; he
only skated around his bed. Eventually he grew out of the skates
but never truly got a chance to enjoy them to its full extent.
boy’s predicament is like that of the servant in Mathew 25:14-30
who was given one bag of gold. He placed it in a hole that he had
dug so that it would remain there till his master’s return. When
the master returned, he was the only one who had not made a
profit and thus lost whatever was given to him to begin with.
it states in today’s passage, each of us are given the gift(s) of
the Holy Spirt as the Spirit deems fit according to each of our
abilities just as the master gave the servant a bag of gold based
on his abilities. We may not receive all the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, but it is up to us to use the gifts that were given to us
for the common good of everyone. We are not to hide our gifts
like the boy hid his new skates. What use will there be then? Why
should we be given a gift if we are never to use it? Indeed, just
as in the parable, it would be more useful for our gift to be
given to someone who already has many gifts and uses it for the
benefit of others and to glorify God.
there is a difference between using the gift for ourselves and
using the gift for the common good. Keeping the gifts of the Holy
Spirit to ourselves would be just the same as not using it at
all. Think of it like this: if a carpenter only makes furniture
for himself and a farmer only grows crops to feed himself then
the carpenter would go hungry and the farmer would have no
furniture. However, when they share their skills, everyone
benefits. In the same way, when we use the gifts of the Holy
Spirit and not keep it to ourselves, many will benefit. Through
our gifts, God’s name will be glorified.
we pray for You to guide us with Your Holy Spirit to recognize our
gifts so that we may use them for the common good of others and
glorify Your name. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“The Holy Spirit can be with you
always and guide you back to Him, but in order to enjoy the benefits
of this holy gift, you must truly receive it, and then you must use
it in your life. How sad it would be to be given such a precious gift
and then set it aside and never use it.” – Margaret D. Nadauld
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