1 Corinthians 12:7 – Each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
It is important to realize that Paul wrote to all the believers at Corinth and not just to a select few. As it relates to the gifts of the Spirit, many think a special few are able to operate in this realm. This could not be farther from the truth. God has no favorites! The Apostle Peter understood this when he said, “I most certainly understand now that God is not One to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him” (Acts 10:34-35). We should rejoice over the fact that any believer can be used of God in regard to these supernatural gifts. The problem is never with God, but with us. The problem is rooted in our thinking and expectation. How do you expect God to use you? Do you trust in the Lord for His gifts to operate through your life? Some think that they are not worthy to be used, while others believe that the Lord does not manifest Himself through the gifts any longer. Whatever the blockage, let it go today. Allow the Holy Spirit to use you in releasing God’s kingdom through your life to another in need today.
Notice, Paul says, “The manifestation of the Spirit is for the common good.” The Lord intends for the gifts to be manifested regularly, not every once in a while. We should expect “Divine” appointments daily, where a gift of the Spirit freely operates through our lives. As we fellowship with other saints who have similar expectations, faith is increased to trust the Lord for His gifts. We do not want to breed familiarity with the work of the Spirit, but we should expect His manifestations regularly and always for the good of those in need. Be ready to be used of God by letting the Holy Spirit work though you. The needs are great and the Lord is calling His people to be workers with Him. Choose today to be an instrument of blessing to others wherever you may be, in the church assembly, at work, or even seated on an airplane. The Spirit of God is ready to use us. Are we ready to be used?
Father, I make myself available to be used by the Holy Spirit for the common good of others. I open my heart to You and yield all of me to the Holy Spirit’s control. I pray to be an instrument of righteousness for the common good of all those I meet today.