8/19/19: 1 Corinthians 12:1-26; Psalm 36:1-12; Proverbs 21:21-22
1 Corinthians 12 is one of the most inspired writings on the Lord’s plans for the inner workings and unity of the church. And inspired by the Holy Spirit Paul centers on two elements:
1) We are all uniquely gifted. There is no one who does not have at least one gift received from the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12: 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
2) While some gifts may be more “publicly” visible no gift is more important than the other ones. What is critical is that in unity we use the gifts in for the good of the entire body.
1 Corinthians 12: 24.b But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.