Topic: Diversity of Gifts but the same Spirit [Sunday 4, September 2016]
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit
of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is
the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 19:1-22:10, Psalms 49
The Kingdom of God on earth, the Body of Christ, or the Church are
synonyms that symbolize an organized Christian population worldwide or a
group of Christians in a particular location. The management and
administration of the Church in the twenty-first century, calls for
diverse skills and talents required to administer any civil
organisation. These skills consist that of professionals and artisans
from various works of life including, public administration, accounting,
engineering, law, etc. The Scripture provides examples of individuals
who have been equipped to carry out tasks or responsibilities of
professional nature. Exodus 31:2-4 says:
“2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in
understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,”
It should be noted here that the deployment of skills for the
construction of the tabernacle, production of interior decorations,
fabrication of garments and worship utensils, were considered as
spiritual assignments. God in His infinite wisdom has deliberately
endowed men and women, young and old, with special gifts and abilities
for the work of the ministry. Consequently, the deployment of every gift
in the service of God should not be viewed as secular only, but as a
spiritual assignment that requires spiritual commissioning to ensure
success. Also, Christians should view their gifts and special abilities
as deliberate endowments from God for the primary purpose of promoting
the work of the ministry. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says:
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
I pray that your service in the House of God will be a blessing to the
Body of Christ and will be profitable to God in Jesus’ name.
Using myself as an example, I consider it a great honour to be counted
worthy as vessel of honour in the hands of the Almighty God. It is also
an unmerited favour because everyone that has yielded himself to be used
of God in any capacity has been mightily blessed in return. I am
thankful to God for how far He has used my skills, education and
expertise; I also pray that my service will bring maximum profit to the
kingdom of God in Jesus’ name. What about you?
Prayer Point: Father, please pour your spiritual gifts upon me and use me for your glory in Jesus’ name.
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