By design, before using any tool or device, it is important to read through the manual. This is because every producer has an intention behind a product. Thus, no matter how diversely it can be used, it was made for a specific purpose. In the same vein, spiritual gifts are given to us by God through His Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). 

Being the Creator, we must seek His heart on the purpose for these gifts so we can use them according to His will. It is not a secret that if the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable. It is, however, important to note that spiritual gifts are not primarily for personal gratification or boasting but to profit others and the body of Christ as highlighted in our anchor scripture.

God wants to edify and encourage other believers through you via spiritual gifts. For instance, Paul speaking about the gift of prophecy says: “But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” – 1 Corinthians 14:3 NLT

Stephen is an exemplary illustration of maximising the potential of our spiritual gifts in serving fellow believers. In Acts 6, he was selected as one of seven individuals tasked with overseeing food distribution. Stephen diligently executed his work with the help of the Spirit, not only serving food but being used by God to deliver others:  “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.” – Acts 6:8 NKJV 

As we serve others with our gifts, we must also be open to receiving from other believers, especially in the context of our local church. 

In addition, spiritual gifts are also to reach out to those who don’t believe the Gospel. Walking in spiritual gifts in evangelism opens the doors of people’s hearts who might have otherwise, not paid attention to the message. An example is Peter and Paul’s healing of the lame man at Beautiful, which created an opportunity for the Gospel to be taught in the temple (Acts 3). 

God’s gifts are never in vain; they are bestowed upon us for meaningful service – this reflects God’s infinite wisdom. Dear Believer, endeavor to use these gifts for the purpose they have been given to us -For the edification of the body of Christ and soulwinning. 

Bible Reading Plan: Luke 10: 1-24

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