Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
One thing that we should notice about spiritual gifts is where the emphasis is placed. First, thing we should notice is that they are “spiritual” gifts. All to often we think of these as natural gifting’s that people are born with or talents that people develop through instruction and practice. However, that is not what Paul is talking about here. In fact, a more literal translation is “manifestation” rather than gift. The point is that it is a divinely given activity of the Spirit. Second, we should see that it is given “to each of us.” The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for some spiritual elite among us that need to be looked up to and revered. On the contrary, they are given to each of us. Again this places the emphasis off of people and onto the Holy Spirit. They are not dependent upon our own abilities, characteristics, or even holiness, but rather upon our willingness and openness to receive from the Spirit. Furthermore, the third aspect we should pay attention to is “so we can help each other.” These spiritual gifts are not given to draw attention to ourselves, but rather to draw attention to the Spirit’s power. They are given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can benefit others in the church. What Paul is getting at here is that the gifts are not so that everyone can see how spiritual we are, or as a means of pride for ourselves. They are given to us to benefit the whole church. The question should never be what this does for me, but how does it benefit others.